Staff and residents welcome Mayor of Cromer and MP to revamped
Genesis staff and residents welcomed Mayor
of Cromer John Frosdick and Norman Lamb MP to an open day on Friday
at three supported housing schemes for homeless people in
and Mr Frosdick were treated to guided tours of 7, 24 and 26
Cabbell Road, all of which have been decorated by residents
themselves. Guests were also invited to taste a selection of
homemade cakes, sausage rolls, pizzas and more, which residents
were taught to prepare in cooking classes. Residents also manned
the barbecue and cooked a tempting array of burgers, sausages and
chicken for guests to enjoy in the sunshine.
Last year, number 7 Cabbell Road was
refurbished by residents who carried out five months’ worth of
painting, papering and polishing as part of Genesis’s ‘Pride in
Your Scheme’ initiative. This year, numbers 24 and 26 have followed
suit, with residents working long hours over several weeks to paint
the kitchens, lounges and hallways, and replace threadbare
furnishings with brighter, refreshing colours that residents chose
themselves. The corridors and stairways of both 24 and 26 (with 7
shortly to follow) have also been decorated with photos taken by
one of the residents, Matt, who is a budding amateur photographer
of scenes portraying life in Cromer.
Scheme staff also played their part by
negotiating a 50 per cent discount with Homebase for
Even the shared garden of 24 and 26 has been
revamped, with a new barbecue installed on the terrace and
vegetables planted which will be used in cookery classes.
Finally, all three schemes have had brand new
windows and exterior paint along with new roofs as part of Genesis’
planned works which has really given all three schemes a lift.
One of the residents, Diane, said: “I was
working all day every day painting the kitchen. It was a lot of
hard work but well worth it as it really does make a difference to
The staff and residents are far from resting
on their laurels as there is still work to be done to finish off
the kitchens (the flooring is to be replaced) and there are even
plans to build a summer house in the shared garden of numbers 24
Enhanced Service Coordinator, Lee Ellis, said:
“One type of support does not fit all and getting involved in all
sorts of different activities really makes a difference. We have
painting, gardening, decorating and cooking groups here and it
means so much to residents that they can be involved with the
redecoration, not only to make the place more homely but also to
give residents the chance to develop their life skills.
“We’re also living proof that the ‘Pride in
Your Scheme’ initiative works; the redecoration at number 7 was
carried out over a year ago and it still looks like new because the
residents have kept it that way.”
Last year, the three Cabbell Road schemes
introduced Direct Access so that anyone wanting to live there can
apply directly rather than need to be referred by an external
agency, meaning that they can be housed and begin their journey to
recovery more quickly. This is still a rarity in Norfolk, with only
a limited number of schemes offering this option.
The Mayor said: “I’m really impressed with
everything I’ve seen – and tasted! – here today. Well done to
everyone who has worked so hard over the last few months.”
The Mayor was also happy to show his support
for ‘Starts At Home’, a campaign run by the National Housing
Federation to demonstrate the value of supported housing and the
impact it has on people’s lives across the country.
Numbers 7, 24 and 26 Cabbell Road offer a
total of 23 rooms and two self-contained flats for single homeless
people. Cabbell Road also provides a limited number of emergency
beds to rough sleepers in cold winter weather.