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Housing scheme launched to help young people

Date: 10/09/2008           Category: Social Care

An accommodation service for young people in Medway will be officially launched next week. The Shaftesbury Young People Supporting People service offers housing and planned support to 33 vulnerable young adults. This is provided through the Medway 25 service – offering a range of accommodation to 25 people in the Medway area and to eight young people at Doust House in Rochester. Shaftesbury Young People also provides other supported housing services for young people and services for care leavers, young people in residential care and those struggling in the education system. The charity works in London, the south-east, the Midlands and East Anglia. More familiar to Medway residents as Shaftesbury Homes and Arethusa, the charity also runs the Arethusa Centre at Upnor, which offers outdoor education and personal development activities to 8,000 young people a year. The launch event will take place on Thursday, 18 September from 12noon at The George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue Chatham ME4 6BB. Members of the media are welcome to attend. Around 40 guests have been invited including a number of young people who have already received support from the service. Medway Council’s Director of Adults and Children Rose Collinson and Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks will be at the event. Cllr Les Wicks said: “This scheme enables young people to keep their tenancies as well as gaining or re-learning the skills necessary to lead independent lives. This scheme contributes to the council’s core values, one of which is to promote independence for vulnerable adults. “I very much value the excellent work being done by Shaftesbury Homes in Medway."