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Open plan living space

A typical kitchen in the new co-location flats

There is a new type of supported accommodation for young people preparing to leave care in Wakefield.

The project provides supported accommodation for between ten to twelve young people aged 16-19 years.This accommodation is for young people in the transition phase between leaving care and living on their own.

The accommodation itself is made up of modern, high quality flats which have been designed to young people's specifications such as the interior design of the kitchens and bathrooms.

The furniture was also chose by young people in care and also care leavers.

The flats are available on two sites -
Site 1 - Wakefield Central
Site 2 - Featherstone area

The accommodation is supported by the leaving care team with other help from health and support services including essential life skills training delivered on site with young people.

Young people told us they wanted to learn essential life skills while living in these new flats, so we have provided training facilities to be able to do that. They will include how to cook for yourself, managing your money, managing your own tenancy and how to find work or continue your education if you want to go to college or University.

There are even dedicated flats for young people who are returning home on leave from the army or other forces. These are called 'Cluster flats' and are also suitable for young people coming back from University during holiday times.

The accommodation has a specially adapted flat for young people with mild or moderate learning disabilities and meets DDA regulations.

There is also a 'taster flat' which gives young people a chance to try out living on their own for a few days or a few weeks before they actually decide to move in. If you have been living in foster care for a while, you may find this gradual process to living on your own works best.

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