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Vulnerable Adults Concerned Over Service Changes in West Dorset

West Rivers

2:08pm 22nd February 2013

Vulnerable young people living at Bridport's Foyer at West Rivers House, could soon be forced out of the town.

'YOU Trust', which also provides them with support to find work and social guidance, couldn't bid to continue running it for Dorset County Council, because of funding cuts.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association will take over the service from April.

That's caused concern for its 17 residents, some of whom are about to start jobs locally.

One resident, 21 year old Michael Boniface, told Wessex FM he was concerned that the BCHA may not deliver the same level of support that was offered by 'YOU Trust' - they've just helped Michael find work.

He's calling on fellow residents to campaign to try and keep 'YOU Trust' as service providers for them and for Dorset County Council to look again at the issue. You can view and sign Michael's petition here.

Dorset County Council told Wessex FM the change in service provider will create more housing units for vulnerable people, in Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport.

A spokesman went on to add; "All stakeholders, including the people who live there, are fully involved in developing the plans, which will see a move to more independent living in smaller, more suitable  housing units.

By reshaping the service, the council plans to extend the number of places available for vulnerable young people across West Dorset.  As well as increasing the number of housing units in Bridport, the scheme will also provide additional accommodation in Dorchester and Weymouth.

The council will continue to fund the service, which will be run by BCHA."

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