Vulnerable young people given leg-up by Havering Council

Vulnerable Havering youths are benefitting from a better start to their adult lives thanks to a council housing scheme.

Heather Court, a supported housing project for those aged 16 to 25, is home to 14 young people who are learning to live independently.

Based in Harold Wood, the complex of 15 flats is especially for vulnerable youngsters, including those leaving care.

The scheme is designed to help young people learn vital life skills to move on and become contributing members of the community.

One resident who has already benefited is 17-year-old Joe Barlow.

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He said: “I was living with my grandparents after running away from home but they had to put me into foster care when they couldn’t afford to look after me anymore.

“They are much happier now I’m living here as I am happier. I’ve made some of my best friends and really like living here.”

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The flats opened last October and now the new residents have settled in, an open day was held last month.

It was attended by the Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Steven Kelly, cabinet member for Housing, Cllr Lesley Kelly, and Havering Mayor, Cllr Pam Light.

Cllr Lesley Kelly said: “Heather Court will help residents work towards a better future, with more opportunities for training and jobs.”

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