LandAid awarded a £36,000 grant to St Christopher’s Fellowship to enable the charity to create three new bed spaces for care leavers aged 18, in self-contained 1-bed flats.
The project follows the charity’s ‘staying close’ model, providing young people with some independence but with the knowledge they can always pop home to their previous accommodation – for a meal, a chat, and support.
The young people will receive ongoing support and have friendly faces to celebrate successes with, along with the knowledge that someone still cares. The charity’s Skills for Life team will help the young people develop the skills they need for independent living.
LandAid has also awarded a further £14,000 grant to create a communal kitchen and dining room at a separate St Christopher’s accommodation service in Camden. The accommodation supports 15 young people at risk of homelessness.
These communal spaces will make it easier for the young people living there to participate in activities and workshops to help them develop vital life skills.