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Scheme in Southbourne will help vulnerable youngsters gain independence

Young people with learning disabilities are being given an important step towards independent living, with the opening of a new supported living scheme in Southbourne.

The flats in Southbourne
The flats in Southbourne

The eight one-bedroom self-contained flats for 16-25-year-olds have been developed by Specialised Supported Housing, (SSH), and will be managed by Inclusion Housing.

Each flat has a bedroom, bathroom and living / dining room with a kitchen. They are fitted with latest assistive technology to help maintain tenants’ safety, whilst promoting their independence.

The scheme is intended to be a short-term service, with each young person staying up to a maximum of two years. During this time, they will be focusing on developing the skills of young people before they move on to more independent long-term housing.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said, “By providing this scheme locally and working in partnership with education and employment opportunities we will keep young people local and enable them to maintain and build new friendships and connect with their community.”

Eight young people have already been identified to move in by BCP Council’s Preparing for Adulthood Team.

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