Coatham House has recently celebrated 25 years of delivering supported accommodation to young, homeless people in Redcar and Cleveland. It was set up by local people who saw the need to provide support to homeless people who had nowhere else to go.
The group’s vision was to develop a hostel where young people experiencing issues at home could be accommodated and supported to gain skills to enable them to move on with their lives.
Coatham House provides the only fully supported accommodation in Redcar. Each resident is assigned a support worker who will remain with the young person until they are resettled into the community and no longer needs intense support. Coatham House believes that its support programme is the cornerstone of its success. Developed in partnership with national youth charity, Centrepoint, it is based on the ethos that every young person is an individual and therefore every support plan needs to be developed and owned by them.
The £49,500 award from the Virgin Money Foundation will enable Coatham House to employ three part-time members of support staff and four apprentices.
Breda Collins, Project Manager said:
“I feel this is a fantastic boost to our services at a time when funding is stretched. It gives us security for a year and the support team can carry on doing their work at the pace they need to. The apprenticeship funding is absolutely phenomenal as most funding to run apprenticeships has ceased therefore this gives us the opportunity to train four people and assist them to gain employment in the community at the end of the year. Thank you Virgin Money Foundation”.