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Your Norfolk summer 2019

Support for care leavers

Matthew Canning

The first of 11 homes for Norfolk’s care leavers has opened, following Norfolk County Council’s investment of £5 million.

When the project is completed, there will be 25 to 30 beds for care leavers across the county, with round-the-clock support on-site.

We worked closely with young people to make sure the accommodation meets their needs. These new homes help ensure they have the right support and can learn to live independently in their local communities.

The new housing is just one of our initiatives to support young people leaving care. We’re also one of the first county councils in the country to work in partnership with district councils to exempt all care leavers from council tax until they are 25.

Susan is one of those benefitting: “Having no council tax to pay has meant for the first time I have managed to start saving. This means I feel safer because I have something to cover emergencies and may even be able to have a small holiday next year – my first ever.”

We’re also working with Job Centre Plus to ensure care leavers get the support and help they need to access employment and benefits as well as creating a new specialist team to support those who are most at risk of becoming homeless.

Find more information on the support available www.norfolk.gov.uk/careleaverslocaloffer

Pictured above: Matthew Canning, Residential Care Practitioner, at one of the new properties.

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