Helping hand for young homeless

Support worker Ivy Atkinson and client Colleen Stubbs(left) pictured with one of the 'welcome packs'.
Support worker Ivy Atkinson and client Colleen Stubbs(left) pictured with one of the 'welcome packs'.

YOUNG homeless people are being given a helping hand on the road to independent living.

Young adults living at a supported housing service in Hartlepool will be able to settle into their new homes much more easily following two charitable donations.

Residents at Gainford House, in the town centre area of Hartlepool, have been given a boost after donations funded welcome packs, which contain basic items, including toiletries, washing-up liquid, tea towels, washing powder and some basic food items.

The welcome packs have been funded by the grant-giving charities Garfield Weston Foundation and The Philanthropy Charity which have donated £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Gainford House, which is run by Stonham, provides accommodation for people aged 16 to 25 who for a variety of reasons have nowhere else to live.

The service contains 10 self-contained flats and provides on-site support for young adults to give them the skills they need to be able to live independently.

One of those benefiting form the service is 17-year-old Colleen Stubbs.

She said: “The welcome packs are a really good idea. Many people when they set up home for themselves get support from family but for some people here that support isn’t there.

“Even the most simple of things is a big help to us. I’ve received a lot of support since coming here with learning new skills.

“I’m looking forward to being able to get a place of my own but I know the staff here will always be available for support if I need to call on them.”

Ivy Atkinson, Stonham project worker, said: “Quite often people arriving at the centre have nothing more than the clothes they are standing in.

“The money that we have received will help to provide some young people with the basics they need to get by during their first few weeks with us.”