Aspire Young Person's Centre, Great Yarmouth
Aspire, our Young Person's Centre in Great Yarmouth, opened in partnership with Orwell Housing Association, Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council. It represents a high demand and strategically important service for Great Yarmouth. Formerly known as the ‘Bretts Warehouse', this Grade 2 listed building contains 17 units of accommodation for single, young homeless people aged 16-25.
Our staff team works closely with all the young people at Aspire helping them to develop and bounce back from the problems that led to them becoming homeless. Each of our residents is allocated a key worker to support them on the path to becoming a confident young adult.
The central location of Aspire in Great Yarmouth makes it a good base for the young people to get out and about in the community, and have easy access to education, training and a social life. These are all important elements in helping them to become more independent and preparing them to move on to the next stage of their life.
We are always looking to develop opportunities for other agencies to use the facilities at Aspire. Likewise, we are receptive to ideas from others who feel they could provide a service to young people in Great Yarmouth. If you would like to explore this further please get in touch using the contact details on this page.
Meet the team
Director of Operations (Housing and Homelessness)
My Story: Chris Neil
My journey with The Benjamin Foundation started in 2001. I had just left the Royal Navy after 12 years service as an Aircraft Engineer. I wanted to dedicate more time with my family. I was often away for long periods of time and I was missing out on watching my wonderful daughter grow up.
My wife at the time was doing the odd locum shift at Winston Court, our accommodation for young homeless adults in North Walsham, to pay herself through University. I would often be around and really enjoyed spending time there; I would help out when and where I could doing the odd job around the place, putting up shelves or runs to the tip. I would often need help with jobs and really enjoyed spending time in the company of these colourful charismatic and often inspirational young people.
The opportunity came along for me to do a locum shift for Aspire. This soon became the norm and I ended up doing quite a few shifts. I was becoming more frustrated with my engineering; I was working on my own and was missing that feeling of comradeship that the Navy gave me. Winston Court seemed to fill the void that the Navy had left behind.
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