A new housing service has opened in March in Hereford, offering young people aged 16-25, tailored support to help them gain essential life skills to enable them to live independently.
New Hereford based support service helps to transform young lives
Herefordshire Council made the scheme a reality following a consultation which helped to identify the needs of vulnerable young people in the county.
Operated by Connexus, a local Housing Association, the project offers high quality accommodation with 24/7 support for up to 16 residents who have been specifically referred into the service by the council.
The scheme has been jointly funded by Connexus, Herefordshire Council and Homes England. It aims to provide young people with the opportunity to learn the skills they need to thrive in their local community and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The service also works with families across the county to provide mediation support to prevent youth homelessness.
Connexus worked in partnership with Herefordshire Council and the developers, Harpers, to follow COVID-19 guidelines and complete the scheme on time and within budget and has seen the creation of 13 local jobs.
Harriet Edwards is the Young Persons Services Manager at Connexus and has been liaising with partner agencies to identify potential new residents on behalf of Connexus.