New children's home to be built in Weymouth

New children's home to be built in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:07am 25th June 2020.

Plans are being drawn-up to build a new home for Dorset children.

Dorset Council say the new home in Weymouth will give up to five young people from the county a better and more secure start in life.

The building planned for Dorchester Road, will be designed to complement the existing Edwardian architecture nearby.

If proposals go ahead the project could be completed in winter 2021.

Cllr Andrew Parry

Andrew Parry (pictured above), Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Years , said:

"Dorset children need to grow up and be cared for in Dorset. Some children aren't able to live with their families and have to be cared for by the council. 
 
"A shortage of accommodation means some of these children currently have to leave their schools, their friends and everything they know and be placed in care far away. This is not good enough for them and it is also very expensive, as it involves sending money out of our county rather than investing in skilled jobs locally." 

parent and child

Under the plans, a new home would be built in the grounds of 45 Dorchester Road in Weymouth.

The existing building would also be improved and transformed into a centre to help children as they first come into care

A team of dedicated professional staff would be based at the centre to provide the support and care that Dorset children and their families need.

This includes assessing children's needs with the aim of either reuniting them with their family or helping them to begin a new life with a foster family.

A planning application is expected to be submitted shortly.

 

'More information and how to have your say' 

Dorset Council will be hosting a live online Q&A session about the project on 1 July from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to join in and you can book a free place (and keep up-to-date with the project).

Comments can also be emailed by 3 July please to: cspremises@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk