A new project to help young adults get on their feet has been officially opened.
Guests of honour were at the official opening of YMCA North Tyneside’s Sir James Knott House – made up of 15 self-contained flats for young people aged 17 to 24.
We aim to offer stability so that young people can take stock of their lives, learn the skills they need to live independently and move towards education, training or into employmentNicola Hudspith, housing manager at YMCA North Tyneside
The flats – which took two weeks to fill after a ‘soft launch’ – help give the homeless a roof over their head.
The YMCA offers 24-hour support to the young people, with the flats finished to a high standard – each having a separate bathroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, plus equipped with TV, fridge, freezer, microwave and oven.
North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna was on hand to open the building officially.
Nicola Hudspith, housing manager at YMCA North Tyneside, said: “We aim to offer stability so that young people can take stock of their lives, learn the skills they need to live independently and move towards education, training or into employment.
“We are able to offer young people up to two years under our roof, a length of time that is crucial to help get the young people back on track.”
Dean Titterton, chief executive, added: “There is a profound need to support homeless young people in North Tyneside by giving them a safe, secure and supportive place to stay.”
“Our system of 24 hour care means that there is always a trained member of staff on hand to offer support and the young people are already responding well to our approach.
“We have the skills and determination to create more opportunities for young homeless people in the near future.”