Shaw Trust is thrilled to announce that young care leavers in Gloucestershire are settling into their new home at Trevone House, which has been transformed into the first facility of its kind in the UK.
Trevone House will provide groundbreaking specialist support and semi-independent accommodation to help vulnerable young care leavers approaching adulthood to learn the skills they need to live independently.
The county council is investing up to £15.5 million into the pioneering project which has transformed the former care home in Gloucester, creating a brand new development which was designed with the needs of young people at its heart.
Two of the council’s young people’s Ambassadors, who have experience of living in care, worked closely with the council on the design and development of plans which has resulted in bright, modern and spacious flats with everything young people need for a smooth transition from care, to living independently.
Watch the latest video, staring two of the young people here.
The innovative wraparound support for care leavers includes:
- Specialist support and services delivered by Homes2Inspire in a contract worth up to £13 million over seven years.
- Accommodation which allows up to 19 young people to have their own semi independent flat.
- Two specialist flats for young people needing additional support with their mental health needs.
- A wellbeing suite which offers young people a place of safety and calm.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted the first young people are settling into their flats at Trevone House and I’m confident they will thrive in their new home.
“The vision we had, to transform support for our county’s vulnerable care leavers as they move into adulthood, is now a reality and has attracted interest from across the UK for its innovative approach. I’m very grateful to our youth Ambassadors whose insight has helped to create this home that will benefit hundreds of young people in the future. With Trevone House, Gloucestershire is leading the way with its support for care leavers and we can be proud that the first young people can now call it home.”
Speaking about the opening of Trevone House, Shaw Trust’s Chief Executive, Chris Luck CB MBE, said: “This innovative project provides the wraparound needed to give care leavers the very best stepping stone to a brighter future in addition to providing specialist support to those needing help at a time of crisis, including improving mental wellbeing. This ground-breaking approach by Gloucestershire Children’s Services represents the very best in aspiration and practice. Shaw Trust is proud to be Gloucestershire’s partner in creating and delivering a service to beneficiaries that reflects our values, goals and experience in delivering care to young people; Trevone House has all the hallmarks to be the national model.”