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Families sought to help young people with independent living
8:00am Sunday 2nd September 2012 in Keighley
Keighley householders are being urged to open up their homes to help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
Action for Children is seeking lodgings for people aged 16 to 24 who are making the transition from foster or residential care to living independently.
Kath Copley, project co-ordinator with the charity’s Bradford Stepping Stones service, said: “We started providing supported accommodation in the Bradford district 12 years ago, helping young people from the area to transform their lives by taking that first vital step towards independent living.
“In order to continue with this success, we need more members of the community to take part in the scheme – applications are welcome from all areas of Bradford district.
“You can make a huge impact on the life of a young person by inviting them into your home and helping them to prepare for their first tenancy. Sharing practical skills such as budgeting, cooking and cleaning and providing emotional support can really help a young person to grow and develop.”
One provider, who has been with the scheme since 2006, said: “I have so far helped five young people towards independent living. You don’t need to be part of a couple. I am a single mum and my daughter is now living and working abroad. It’s great to have young people around the house once more.
“At first I was surprised by just how vulnerable the young people I came into contact with could be. Many are lacking in confidence, self-esteem and basic life skills which our own children seem to have acquired almost naturally. It is quite a challenge and can be demanding, but the effect that you have on the lives of young people makes it all worthwhile.”
Action for Children provides funding to cover rent and utility bills, offers regular advice, pre-placement visits and information and gives on-call support.
For further information, phone 07904 105930.