Decade of changing lives for Tamworth young families
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A young families scheme managed by social business Bromford is celebrating 10 years of helping young families across Tamworth find their independence.
Eldwick Court based on Eshton Way, Wilnecote, will be marking their anniversary milestone with a day of celebrations on 9 May, including welcoming back old residents and the Mayor of Tamworth Councilor John Garner.
An engine from Tamworth Community Fire Station will also be on hand to promote their fire prevention work, as well as letting younger residents clamber aboard and get hands on. The fire crew will also be joined by Teen Spirit and Surestart who are providing craft activities, with Bromford running a tombola, children’s games and, as it’s a 10th Birthday, plenty of cake.
Over its 10-year history, Eldwick Court has seen more than 82 customers pass through its doors, securing independence for their own future after intensive support in a safe environment. Libby Hannon, a Bromford support worker based at the scheme said, “When we first set up Eldwick Court there was, and in actual fact still is, a high need for this type of accommodation in Tamworth. Tamworth has been highlighted as deprived in some areas, with high teenage pregnancy rates, and the families at the heart of this issue are the ones we really want to help.
“I’m so proud to be based here as we mark the incredible 10 year milestone, and it will be wonderful to see our old residents, who have made so much of themselves and turned their lives around, come back to visit us and share their stories with current residents.”
The scheme, which houses nine families in their own flats, aims to give support for two years, but many customers have finished their journey and are ready to take on the real world after only 12 months. Working with single parents or couples (or those expecting) aged between 16-25, the support workers based at Eldwick Court aim to help residents understand tenancy management and domestic skills, as well as looking after their home and family.
22 year-old resident Jade Watts moved into her flat in 2013 with 6-month old daughter Elesha, now 18-months old. She said, “I was living with my mom in a one bedroom flat. It was a small space and I had to sleep on the sofa with Elesha in a Moses basket next to me. It wasn’t the best situation for us and so social services listed us as a high priority.
“Thankfully the team at Eldwick Court were able to offer me a flat. I was so happy when I found out I’d finally have my own place to share with Elesha.”
As part of her stay at Eldwick Court, Jade receives dedicated support with budgeting. She said, “I wasn’t used to being on my own and managing my own finances so struggled with money. The team really helped me, especially at Christmas, pulling together budgeting sheets and showing me how to track my money.
“I visit the office nearly every day, and always take Elisha along to the organised activities and the playroom. I’m so glad that Eldwick Court exists in Tamworth and that it’s celebrating 10 years. It’s made a big difference to my life and most importantly, its given Elesha a stronger future.”
For more information on Eldwick Court call 01827 893732 or visit www.bromford.co.uk . You can also tweet the team using @BromfordStaffs