Housing support scheme gives a young fresh start
The Mayor of Ashford, Winston Michael, has officially opened a new supported housing scheme in Ashford.
Belgic Court at The Limes, Ashford contains eight fully furnished one-bedroom flats and a communal facility and offers support to vulnerable young people with their transition from care to independent living.
The scheme has been developed by Golding Homes, a non-profit making organisation which provides housing at affordable prices, in partnership with Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council.
It is now being managed by Sanctuary Supported Living.
The housing is available to 16-25-year-olds who need help in developing the necessary life skills to live independently.
As part of this support they are taught how to maintain a tenancy, receive assistance with training and job opportunities as well as being given help and advice with budgeting and confidence building.
Corinna Taylor, 21, who moved into her new flat three months ago said: “It’s like a fresh start for me and I’m really enjoying my freedom and independence.
“I’m learning how to manage my bills and haven’t been in debt Mayor of Ashford Winston Michael and Corinna Taylor cutting the ribbon, joined by Leslie Morson and Chris Blundell, at the opening of new housing support scheme Belgic Court since moving here. Hopefully in two years time I will be able to rent my own home.
“I’m really excited about the future.”
Cllr Michael said: “Belgic Court brings i nvaluable support and inspiration to vulnerable young people to make that tran- sition from care to independent living.
“By doing so, this will give them self-esteem and self-worth, while at the same time increasing their life chances.
“It is a shining example of what can be achieved through partnership and one vision.”