Blue Skies Consortium recently welcomed its newest member, Lincolnshire Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP). LEAP is a registered charity and social landlord formed in 1994 with the aim of providing accommodation with support for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 24 in Lincoln.
LEAP own and manage a range of accommodation, offering shared houses in the community and hostel settings, as well as supporting people in their own homes. With Blue Skies Consortium’s support, they have secured funding towards a new build of 6 flats in the city of Lincoln. Land for the scheme has been identified close to LEAP’s Head Office, and it’s hoped that the build will commence in 2018.
LEAP’s Chief Executive Heidi Walton explained “All the young people that come to us have been homeless for one reason or another, and generally have other issues beyond the need for housing. LEAP’s role is not only to offer safe and stable accommodation, but also to provide the skills required to become independent adults. This includes budgeting and healthy living skills, maintaining a home and tenure, and social and communication skills - all of which helps them to gain access to education, training and employment.
“With changes to the benefit system and the lack of available social housing for young people, there are few options for those that are ready to move on from our services. That’s why we applied for funding to build suitable move-on accommodation. As we are a small charity and registered provider, the offer from the Blues Skies Consortium to join as a temporary member was too good to refuse.
“Blue Skies Consortium nurtured and coached us through the process of applying for funding, and we’re delighted that we have been successful in securing funds for this new development.”
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