Homeless Hostel Opens For Young People In Norton
7:55am 13th December 2013
A new homeless hostel for young people has opened in Norton. Derwent Lodge takes in people for four months to get their lives back on track.
Derwent Lodge - on Church Street in Norton provides accommodation for up to 14 young people aged over 16 that have nowhere else suitable to live.
It was developed by Ryedale District Council using a government grant of £560k to give vulnerable people the chance to get their lives back on track.
And with the support of staff at the centre with funding from Supporting People provides young people with the opportunity to learn new skills that will set them on their way to an independent life.
“Derwent Lodge is a safe haven for vulnerable people who need help to get their lives back on track,” said Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council.
“It has been developed to ensure that vulnerable people from Ryedale can be helped and supported in times of great need and ensure that they can move on with their lives.
“I am very proud of this project and know it will make a real difference to a lot of people now and in the future.
Helen Fielding, Area Manager HCA Leeds City Region and North Yorkshire Team, said “The quality of this development is really excellent. It is fantastic to see the difference our investment has made for vulnerable people in Ryedale. “
Ged Walsh, Yorkshire Housing New Business and Development Director said: “It has been a pleasure to work on this project, I am confident Derwent Lodge will make a big difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people. The facilities we have created are ideal to help people take positive steps forward.”
24 year old Luke is one of those being helped after finding himself homeless after a relationship broke down:
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