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Mount Close offers independent living for youngsters in Cirencester

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We have worked in partnership with Cotswold District Council to house previously homeless local young people, helping them to become independent and unlock their potential.

The shared housing scheme, Mount Close in Cirencester, will become home to three young people who have been living in hostel accommodation.

Jo Fieldhouse of Bromford said: “This is a fantastic first step to a new life and independence for them providing affordable housing, enabling them to live and work in the area they call home. The Cotswolds is an expensive place to live and often drives young people out due to affordability.”

Cllr Sue Jepson, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Cotswold District Council, said: “We welcome this initiative which will give a leg up to young people as they take on the challenge of fending for themselves. It’s a well known fact that house prices are very high in this part of the world, and any scheme which helps young people make a home in the district deserves our support.”

Two people have just moved in. Matt Vincent aged 26, said: “I had difficulty with managing money and knowing when to stop spending. I was constantly in debt. I couldn’t stop drinking and taking drugs - especially cannabis - which used to help me sleep. I was fired for taking drugs which also meant I lost the staff accommodation I was living in. I had nowhere to go and then I moved into Ashcroft Road supported housing which led to a move into Mount Close. In supported housing I got a job at Subway with encouragement from my support worker and have come off drugs too.

“It feels like a dream to have my own place – too good to be true.” Now Matt feels he can focus on other goals in his life such as travelling to Australia and enjoy being completely independent.

Adam Smith, aged 21, said: “I moved from Luton as I wanted a fresh start in Cirencester and lived with my mother but there were drug issues within the family and I couldn’t get a job.” Now Adam is also working at Subway. “Living here gives me encouragement to move forward and live in the real world.” Matt also has dreams to save and travel and to pass his driving test and get a car.

We featured Matt's story earlier in the year - see how he has progressed.