Today we’re celebrating the first birthday of our Young Persons’ Accommodation Service. In the last 12 months we’ve supported over 45 young care leavers, who may have experienced turbulent, traumatic and unstable times, and left without a permanent home.
After being in care, young people are often forgotten about or moved from place to place. Not able to settle anywhere often leaves them unable to feel happy, safe or secure or in a place they can call home.
Here at Concrete we find care-leavers a secure home and provide flexible, creative support to develop the skills they need to live independently in the community. Support is an essential part of a young person’s journey into adulthood and can really help to re-shape their future. As part of the support, we provide activities in partnership with the YMCA, to build up knowledge, skills, and to develop customer confidence.
Talking about her time in the service, Concrete customer Amy* says: “Since getting in touch with Concrete they’ve supported me to become a Customer Services Apprentice at Honeycomb Group. It’s made such a huge impact on my life and I’m so much happier. I now have a reason to get up in the morning.”
In the last 12 months we’ve been pretty busy
We’ve secured two more housing sites in the community
Both new sites are modern and homely one-bedroom flats in Stoke. Our residents were thrilled with the quality of the homes and have thrived since living there – demonstrating the positive effect of a nice environment.
With the help of local businesses, we’ve transformed 20 homes saving £5,000+
We’ve built ties with local businesses in Staffordshire; Sainsbury’s, Novus and Peakes and with their help we were able to redecorate over 20 homes saving us over £5,000 which can now be spent on vital support for our young people.
We helped our customers to believe in themselves and their future
- A number of customers are at college preparing for university.
- All of our unaccompanied asylum seekers are at college studying ESOL (English as a second language or foreign language).
- Another young person who’s had difficulty getting back into education has now started an apprenticeship with PM Training.
Service Team Leader, Sarah Lockett says, “It’s great to celebrate today and look back on the year and see the impact we’ve had on people’s lives. Watching our young people learn, develop and thrive in their own accommodation is an absolute pleasure.”
“My team recognise the traumatic pasts that some of our customers have experienced and the impact it’s had on their lives. They are so committed to making a difference and creating concrete futures for our young people.”
If you’re a care leaver struggling to secure a more stable future. We can help. There’s a home that’s right for you, and we’ll help you get there. Get in touch call 0330 094 5558 or email [email protected]