Feeling safe and loved among friends and family
I grew up in a council house and now I work in social housing. Coincidence or choice? Actually it’s a bit of both. I’m proud of my past and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I had fantastic, loving parents who worked hard and raised us with good working-class values. But the low-paying jobs they had meant we were pretty skint for most of the time!
We may not have had loads of money but we had great family values, together in a home to call our own where I felt safe and loved. I consider myself lucky to have had that, and social housing played its part – lower rents meant we could have a house of our own.
It’s incredible that a piece of law established 100 years ago to provide affordable, decent homes for those less well-off, is still affecting lives today. And long may it last! My family lived in a two-up, two-down semi-detached house with rattling single-glazed windows and no central heating – in winter it was so cold inside that I could blow smoke with my breath! But what we lacked in central heating, we made up for with a warm welcome to all.
“Now when I think of home, I think of that same little two-up, two-down – not because of what it was made of or how pretty it was, but because of how it made me feel”Angie Scott, PCH Head of Strategy, Communications and External Relations
Our house was full…all the time! As well as my mum and dad (who slept in the front room), I grew up with my older sister (we shared a room) and younger brother (who had a room to himself!), plus two dogs, and a constant stream of family and friends visiting. My mum welcomed everyone into our home and cooked so many roast dinners for people, that they became the stuff of legend.
My aunty moved next door with my two cousins when I was in my teens so our busy home became even busier. Our lives were built around family and home, and that’s made me who I am today.
Now when I think of home, I think of that same little two-up, two-down – not because of what it was made of or how pretty it was, but because of how it made me feel. Whilst standards have improved massively since then, the importance of having a home to call your own hasn’t changed, and that’s what PCH provides to thousands of people in Plymouth and beyond. That’s why I work in social housing today and why it’s so important it continues for future generations.
Angie Scott is Head of Strategy, Communications and External Relations at Plymouth Community Homes