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Boost For Services For Vulnerable People In Bridport

Foyer 2

8:57am 15th November 2013

Services for vulnerable people in Bridport, under threat earlier this year, are getting a new lease of life.

When 'You Trust'  didn't re-apply to run The Foyer, supporting homeless and disadvantaged youngsters,  under changes to the contract for supported housing for young people, landlords Magna Housing Association considered closing West Rivers House where the Foyer, and restaurant 'Oh Crumbs' were located.

Since then Bournemouth Churches housing Association have taken over 'Foyer' type services,  the 'Oh Crumbs' restaurant, staffed by people with disabilities, are expanding, and recently formed firm 'Skills Training Bridport' is delivering practical help in finding young people work.

The transformation's come about following meetings between landlords Magna Housing Association, Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, West Dorset District and Dorset County Councils.

BCHA have changed their way of helping by  providing 7 units of housing, 2 flats for temporary accommodation for homeless families are funded by WDDC, county financed 'Oh Crumbs' now has a contract to supply buffets to County Hall, and an IT room and training room to train adults and young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) have taken the place of two offices on the ground floor of the building.

Mandy Goodenough, Head of Children, Young People and Families at BCHA, said :
"We are very pleased that through strong partnership working we have been able to find a solution which enables West Rivers House to remain open and continue to support the vulnerable people of Bridport.

'Jez Morris, head of housing for Magna said "we are delighted to have been able to work with our key partners in this venture. The future of West Rivers House had been in jeopardy but the agreement today provides a much needed boost for the Town of Bridport as well as securing the building's use"

Skills Training Bridport's Ros Kayes said

"This is one of those occasions when pooling resources really comes together to make the building work. People were scared that this valuable facility would go -and it's an example of how providers working together can find new ways of delivering services in a cost effective way

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