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Barnardo’s Scotland has teamed up with other organisations to provide purpose built houses for young people leaving care
Statistics in Scotland reveal that the likelihood of a young person, who has been in care, becoming homeless is 50/50.
Leaving care is a huge milestone in a young person’s life, with the average age being between 16-18-years-old. Without suitable accommodation; a support network or life skills, moving into independent living can be extremely challenging for care experienced young people. Having to manage this as well as finding employment or training can leave them unsettled and struggling to cope.
That’s why children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland is building Gap Homes – purpose built houses for young people leaving care – linked to local, dependable wraparound support from nearby Barnardo’s Scotland services.
Gap Homes, a collaboration with Renfrewshire Council and Saint-Gobain, launched in Scotland this summer with the first two homes being built in Renfrewshire.
Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “Gap Homes is an exciting and innovative response to the lack of suitable accommodation for care experienced young people. This new initiative will support vulnerable young people to develop the skills to succeed in reaching independence as adults and help progress some of the key challenges coming out of the Care Review.”
The charity hopes Gap Homes could mark a milestone in housing provision for care experienced young people across Scotland.
Elizabeth McShane, assistant director of business development for Barnardo’s Scotland, who has been the driving force behind Gap Homes, said: “It can be very difficult for young people leaving care to live alone for the first time, especially when it comes to running a home on a limited budget. By offering purpose built accommodation, we aim to provide practical and emotional support, for up to two years, for those who need it the most. We believe Gap Homes has the potential to transform outcomes for care leavers across Scotland and the UK.”