Young people leaving care given helping hand by Sunderland project

Staff at the new independent living project at The Harvesters, Front Street, Fence Houses
Staff at the new independent living project at The Harvesters, Front Street, Fence Houses
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Young people leaving care are being given a helping hand towards independent living with the creation of a new YMCA Project.

The Harvesters Project, which has been opened in Fencehouses, features seven flats with a training suite on the ground floor to teach independent living skills.

The Mayor of Sunderland Coun. Alan Emerson and MP for Houghton & Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson talking to Caitlin Robson, one of the young people who will benefit from the opening of new independent living flats at The Harvesters, Front Sreet, Fence Houses

The Mayor of Sunderland Coun. Alan Emerson and MP for Houghton & Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson talking to Caitlin Robson, one of the young people who will benefit from the opening of new independent living flats at The Harvesters, Front Sreet, Fence Houses

The purpose-built project was designed on ideas and recommendations from young people between 16 and 21 years old who are preparing to leave their present

homes.

Based on their wish list, the shared building was designed so that residents can begin their journey to independence with the support of a fully trained team staff on site.

YMCA Sunderland’s chief executive, Kathleen Hope, said: “We are delighted to be opening this vital new service in Fencehouses. The service users of this facility will benefit from training and support from experienced and dedicated staff to help them towards a bright future “

YMCA is the largest voluntary sector provider of safe, supported accommodation for young men and women. It enables nearly 43,000 people every year to engage in education, skills and training to enable them to improve their opportunities in the job market.