• Homeless young people move into newly refurbished flats in Worksop
• New teenage parent intensive support and assessment unit means young parents in need of high quality support can access this service locally
Young people will be moving into four newly refurbished self-contained flats in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. The four bedroomed property was purchased and renovated by New Roots which supports homeless and vulnerable young people in Nottinghamshire.
The charity has also added a training/conference suite, a teenage parent assessment unit, disabled facilities and additional meeting rooms.
In addition to offering a stable home and support, the charity offers a regular programme of activities and volunteering opportunities to encourage the young people it works with to build confidence, learn new skills, and get involved in the community.
Charity Bank, the ethical bank that uses savings to make loans to charities and social enterprises, provided a £250,000 loan towards the renovation of the building.
Carol Scawthon, Chief Executive of New Roots said: “Our new building will provide accommodation of the highest quality for our young people along with an excellent working environment for our staff and volunteers. The teenage parent intensive support unit means that young people will no longer have to travel many miles for this service.
“I’m especially proud of the role that our young people have played in this development. They have been involved in every stage – from the design, to knocking down the walls, to the construction and even the design of the art work hanging on the wall. One of our residents spent six weeks onsite during the build phase gaining valuable skills that will help him to find employment.
“Charity Bank has supported us throughout the process. Charity Bank understands the workings of the wider voluntary sector, but more importantly the bank took the time to understand us – what we do and how we operate – and worked with us to achieve our goal of helping more homeless and vulnerable young people.
“I also wish to thank Richard Comery and his team at Richdon, the construction company, who have done the most amazing job; helping us at every stage of the development and providing a valuable learning opportunity for our young people.”
Peter Hughes, Charity Bank regional manager, said: “Charity Bank exists to make sure that charities and social enterprises can always be there for the people and communities that need them. New Roots help young people with a wide range of needs including those leaving care, young offenders and is particularly known for its work with young parents. The new property will provide additional capacity for helping young people and improve facilities for staff and volunteers.
For further information please contact:
Mark Howland 01732 441973 or 07786984321 MarkHowland@charitybank.org
About New Roots
New Roots is a housing project which offers a high standard of accommodation with support to homeless or vulnerably housed young people in Bassetlaw. It provides a service to more than 40 young people in dispersed units across the area.
The charity provides support to both single young people aged 16-21, and also to young parents aged 16-19. Priority is given to those aged between 16 and 17.