We're Advance and our story is the story of people’s hopes, dreams and wishes. In 1974 we supported four people coming out of institutional care who had a dream of living independently in the community. Back then, our solution was to buy a house on a city street, fill it with furniture, and help them settle in.
We’ve learned to do things a bit differently over the years. These days we support thousands of people at home and in the community– people who start from a position of disadvantage due to their health or their disability and who want more choice, more control and more opportunities. We’re proud that we offer a whole load of affordable options under one roof which means people can pick and choose as they wish.
We're not afraid to get on and meet those expectations in new, forward-thinking ways: making the status and security of home ownership available to people with disabilities or mental health problems, with more than 700 people buying a share in their own home; or providing both a suitable home and really intensive support to people who have complex needs so they gain more stability and control over their lives.
The number of people we work with across England has increased substantially, and the range of things they trust us to provide grows every day. We’ve won plenty of awards that tell us we’re doing a good job but one thing won’t change – we want to be better. Wherever we are and whatever we do, we’ll keep on listening to our customers, as well as the people around them, and taking their dreams as the way forward.