Refurbished home aims to prevent teenagers sleeping on the streets

Hannah Crouch

Hannah Crouch

Refurbished home aims to prevent teenagers sleeping on the streets

A newly refurbished house has been opened in the town in a bid to tackle teenage homelessness.

Slough YMCA has occupied the site in Long Furlong Drive since 2012 which provides a safe environment for 16 and 17-year-olds who are leaving care in order to prevent them from ending up sleeping on the streets.

With the financial help of Slough Trading Estate owners SEGRO, and charity LandAid, the site has undergone a major refurbishment and was reopened on Monday.

YMCA Slough chairman, Edward Weiss, said: “This scheme and our work with Slough Borough Council is a vital service to the young people in Slough.

“We are indebted to SEGRO and LandAid who not only funded this extension but provided technical resources and expertise.”

The young residents can live independently in a secure environment with a look and feel of a domestic family home and have the opportunity to eat and socialise together.

Each bedroom has its own secure lock and there is CCTV outside and in communal facilities.

A key worker from the YMCA is on site 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the young people and to offer support.

There are already five young leavers living at the house and the extension means there are more places available.

Andy Gulliford, SEGRO’s chief operating officer, said: “A great deal of work has gone into making this house a home for its young residents and as long-term partners in Slough, we are proud of the role we have played in helping delivering this project.

“The vital work done by the Slough YMCA and council to keep its vulnerable young people close to the networks they have established is fundamental in helping end the risk of homelessness and it’s hugely satisfying to know that this project is part of that effort.”

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