Boost to supported housing in Cheltenham
Published by Jarrod Williams for Bromford Group in Housing and also in Communities
Bromford, one of the region’s leading housing providers, is set to throw open the doors to a brand new supported housing scheme in Cheltenham.
The Arkells, on Whaddon Road, will house local young people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness in 24 modern flats, replacing Bromford’s 15-flat development on Winchcombe Street.
On the site of the former Arkells Brewery Cat and Fiddle pub, the development will ensure that housing provision for short term accommodation of homeless young people in Cheltenham continues to increase with residents set to make their big move from Winchcombe Street on Monday (1st October).
Working with County Community Projects (CCP), the Arkells will provide a mixture of selfcontained and shared flats designed to help support 16-25 year olds through the initial shock of becoming homeless through to independent living. This includes helping residents to manage their own finances, find and maintain jobs, health and wellbeing, maintaining their flat and eventually finding their own home.
Bromford’s in-house landscaping team will also be lending a hand on the day of the bigmove, providing vehicles and colleagues to help transfer all residents’ possessions to their new homes and helping them to settle in.
Jack Gayton receives support from CCP and is one of the many new residents moving into the Bromford development. With many of the young people having an input into the design of their rooms, everyone is raring to get in and settled, including Jack. He said, “I am over the moon about moving into the new building; it will really help me with my skills and learning, such as budgeting, so hopefully I’ll be more confident to live independently.”
Anita Russell, Business Manager for Bromford Support, says the opening of The Arkells responded to the need for supported accommodation and extended the opportunity for young people within the district. She said, “We believe everyone needs the opportunity to have a great place to live, which offers the right level of support and inspires them to become the best they can be. It’s great to have been involved with this significant project and making this happen for so many young people.
“The opening of The Arkells is the result of successful partnership working with the local authority and Supporting People Commissioners to develop supported housing accommodation that will respond to the needs of young people in thedistrict.”
The redevelopment of the Cat and Fiddle site means that a vacant, boarded up property has now been put to good use, rather than becoming an eyesore for local residents.
For more information on the work Bromford does for young people in Cheltenham, visit www.bromford.co.uk.