10th birthday bash for young families scheme
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Hadley Mews, a Nuneaton based service that offers temporary accommodation for young families facing homelessness, celebrated a decade of supporting young people to build happy homes on Wednesday (29 January).
At a special celebration event the Deputy Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Councillor Bob Copland, joined current and former residents, support workers and local partners to see the facilities on offer, learn more about the work of Hadley Mews and even get stuck in with activities such as arts and crafts.
Social business Bromford set up the eight-flat scheme in 2004 after local councils acknowledged a huge need for a safe place young families could turn when they were left without a home. The scheme remains the only provider of supported housing for young families in Nuneaton and Bedworth today.
Since it was set up over 75 residents have passed through its doors, receiving support from a dedicated team of on-site support workers who have enabled them to become more independent and manage their own finances and tenancies.
Dianne Belshaw was one of the original residents of the scheme but came back to mark the decade milestone. She said; “Hadley Mews was great, there were so many activities and things to do and I could always rely on having someone to turn to, whether it was an emergency or not.
“I was in an abusive relationship originally and became homeless. If it wasn’t for Hadley Mews I don’t think I’d have a roof over my head, and worst of all, they’d have taken my daughter Lisa away from me. I couldn’t have coped with that.
“I’ve gone from being shy and timid to who I am today thanks to the team here, because in the end it’s not about just receiving support, but having trust in those who are helping you.”
Deputy Mayor Brian Hawkes said he was moved by the residents’ story. He said, “We need services like Hadley Mews because not everyone has a family network in place. Unfortunately more and more people are going to have to rely on organisations like Bromford.
“The great thing is when people leave Hadley Mews they’re in a much better place and can fend for themselves and the fact they can always come back to have a chat when they need it to is even better. Bromford has helped replace that missing family network and are doing a fabulous job.”
Emma Beard, a Bromford Senior Support Worker, has worked with residents of the scheme since it open ten years ago. She said, “It’s fantastic to celebrate a whole decade of supporting people from Hadley Mews. We do our best to help customers in whatever way they need, and ultimately get them on their feet.
“Having the current and past residents together to celebrate our anniversary today has been amazing. One of the best things about this job is seeing the young families grow into independent fantastic parents who can be role models for the children. We can only hope for another 10 years in the community.”
For more information on Hadley Mews and the support Bromford provides, visit the Hadley Mews service page.