New flats for care leavers

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Councillor Sheena Welsh hailed newly established supported accommodation in Arbroath as an “excellent” resource.

She was joined on a visit to the dedicated facility in Millgate Loan, on Tuesday, October 13, by fellow Arbroath East and Lunan councillor and communities convener, councillor Donald Morrison. With funding from Scottish Government, Angus Council has brought a previously unoccupied block of flats back into use, by creating four self-contained flats to be used by young people leaving care. The aim is to improve the outcomes for care leavers when they make the transition from the care system to independent living.

Cllr Welsh said: “The accommodation has been operating since mid-summer and is proving to be an excellent resource. The flats help young people to take control of their own lives and develop the necessary skills for an independent life, such as budgeting and household management skills.”

The training flat allows young people who are currently in care to spend short periods of time experiencing independent living. It is anticipated that tenancies, allocated via a multi-agency group, will last for between six and 12 months. Allocation is based on the young person’s needs and whether they would benefit from this type of support.

Cllr Morrison said: “This new facility provides those who need it with a more protected environment that allows them to develop their skills, and self-confidence and will make a significant difference at a crucial stage in their lives.”