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New scheme to open in Telford for young people

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Bromford will soon be opening a new supported housing service for young people in Telford and Wrekin.

This new and innovative service brings together a partnership between us, Stay, Telford College of Arts and Technology and Telford & Wrekin Council, working closely with other stakeholders and the local community.

The new housing at Woodlands View and Meadow Croft Court, Woodside, will provide 22 apartments for young people aged 16 to 32 and will open at the end of April 2015. The scheme will provide a wraparound, 24-hour service based on site, providing an holistic approach to supporting young people to meet their aspirations in life and helping them to identify their own personal journey. There will be a wide range of support and training available including housing, life skills, formal education, skills-based coaching and employment support. Bromford will be working in partnership to help young people develop the full set of skills they need to live independent and successful lives within the community.

Jo Fieldhouse, regional service leader at Bromford, said: “What’s so impressive about this service is the partnership working. We are all committed to helping young people realise their aspirations and be the best they can be: we take the view that we collectively have a responsibility, that it’s everyone’s responsibility. We’ve worked hard together for over two years and have been determined to deliver this much needed service in Telford and Wrekin. There is nothing else like it in the area and I feel privileged to work with all of our partners and the young people on this.”

Partners involved in the project are:

Telford & Wrekin Council: Paul Watling, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I am passionate about the links we have made to help the community in Telford and Wrekin. We support anything that will help young people out of homelessness.”

Stay: John Green, CEO of the young people provider in Telford and Wrekin, said: “Woodlands View and Meadowcroft Court will provide a much needed holistic service for some of the most vulnerable young people in Telford and Wrekin. It is a privilege to be part of the partnership that brings the service into operation and reflects the commitment, not only of Stay but of all partners, to providing the best possible service to local young people."

Telford College of Art and Technology (TCAT) : Ed Bird, assistant principle, said: “We are proud of the contribution this partnership can make to skills, training and employment opportunities in the wider community.”

Photo left to right: Jane Evans, community outreach worker TCAT/ Pete Hamon, site manager Bromford/ John Green, CEO, Stay/ Paul Watling, cabinet member for young people/ David Wright, MP/ Jo Fieldhouse, regional service leader, Bromford/ Kevin Guy, local councillor/ Clive Jones, assistant director: family, cohesion and commission services Telford & Wrekin Council/ Blaine Cribbis, customer