New Support For Vulnerable Young People From The Test Valley

New support for vulnerable young people from the Test Valley

We are delighted to be expanding our support for vulnerable young people in Andover this Spring, thanks to funding from Hampshire County Council’s Children’s Services.  From 1st April, we will be able to house up to 27 young people from Hampshire and the Test Valley at any one time. 

We have been providing supported accommodation in Andover since 2003, specifically for young people aged 16-21 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who need support to move forward in their lives.  Our Support Team work with each resident on a individual basis to ensure that they are getting the help they need to manage their accommodation, and are learning skills which will enable them to successfully live independently in the future. 

This expansion in our charity’s accommodation will mean that they can help even more young people who have previously been looked after by the local authority, care leavers, and young people who have a history of offending.

Along with supported accommodation for young people, we also run The Junction -  Training and Advice Drop In Centre in Andover, from which young people can access online and vocational courses, get support with job searching, meet with other agencies, receive health and wellbeing advice and enjoy recreational activities.

Vanessa Bedford, Alabaré’s Young People’s Care & Support Manager said;

“We are very grateful that we will be able to support even more young people thanks to the award of this new contract from Hampshire County Council.  Over the last 12 years we have amassed a huge amount of experience in helping young people who are trying to manage crises at a very chaotic time in their lives.” 

“We have seen time and time again the massive difference that our teams can make to our residents, in terms of being able to help them navigate the challenges and come out the other end having a job or qualifications, and new found skills to enable them to successful manage their future accommodation. Now we will be there to help even more young people, so thank you.”

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