In this episode Jayne Knight talks about the many different ways housing for people with a support need can be set up. She explains the importance of respite housing to prevent hospital admission. She draws on her experience to share some examples of housing that has worked well in the past and describes some creative housing solutions that can be used today.

Jayne Knight has worked in the field of specialist supported housing and care for the past forty years. She started her career in the Civil Service, working in the Benefits system. She then moved to Local Government where she became a Chief Officer responsible for specialist housing and care. She then became the CEO of a charity called Ling Trust who help move people out of long term hospital settings.

For the past ten years Jayne has been working as a specialist, voluntary advocate through her social enterprise, My Great Life CIC. Her advocacy is with people with complex support needs who have been stuck in hospital assessment units for many years. She regularly attends the Court of Protection and supports families who self represent.

Jayne was the first person to create a model called “do it yourself shared ownership” now called HOLD. This enabled a woman who was going to be sent to a secure unit 26 years ago to purchase her own home. She received an award in the House of Lords, for this achievement. HOLD is now a long used and recognized system of getting housing. She also had an award recently from a national newspaper from families who had nominated her as ‘ the peoples person’.

Jayne is one of the original authors of the REACH standards. She has regularly been asked to speak on the BBC both radio and television as an expert in her field. She is a member of several Government working groups including the Building the Right Support Advisory Group and the Supported Living Improvement Coalition with CQC Management.

Jayne runs a voluntary website called

Lisa became a property investor after a long nursing career. She initially developed heritage properties and then a chance encounter led her to discover supported living. She realized this was a powerful way to invest in property while creating homes for those who need them most.

Lisa set about discovering why property investors struggle to let their properties to supported living providers and why providers struggle to find property to let. She has been educating  people, raising awareness and working on solutions to this problem ever since. Lisa is the host of the Supported Living Property
Podcast and YouTube channel and formed The Supported Living Property Facebook Group. Lisa is founder of The Supported Living Property Network, a place for property investors and supported living providers to connect, build relationships and communicate about property they have available and/or need.
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