Homeless facility gets minister’s backing during Hawick visit

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AN ACCOMMODATION unit for young people at risk of becoming homeless has earned praise from the Scottish Government.

Trinity House, in Weensland Road, opened its doors in March last year and includes four self-contained flats with staff facilities to support up to 20 homeless young people per year as part of a managed stepping stone towards independent living.

The council-owned building was visited by housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess.

She said: “I know the heartache and trauma of homelessness from working closely with households faced with the prospect of losing the roof over their head.

“Young people, particularly those leaving care, are especially vulnerable. This government is committed to supporting people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are working hard to ensure the needs of this group are met, and that means making sure different services are working together to embrace a preventative approach.”

The Trinity House service directly targets those young people who may have been put out of, or left, the family home as a result of relationship breakdown, violence, substance abuse or conflict.

It assists them into settled accommodation within the community by offering somewhere structured and supported.

As well as general housing support, the service gives training in homemaking skills, citizenship/community awareness, money matters, healthy living, environmental awareness and access to employment and further training opportunities.