We are pleased to announce a new collaboration to benefit young people in the Great Yarmouth area. The Benjamin Foundation and Solo Housing have joined forces to tackle some of the barriers to affordable housing in the town by working with local landlords.

Funding from Nationwide Building Society has enabled the development of our work with the private rental sector through our ‘Anchorage’ service in Great Yarmouth. The two charities, with support from Great Yarmouth Borough Council, will be working together to help young people, who find themselves in a situation where they need housing, to take their next steps to independence in the private rental sector.

The new partnership will help more young people aged 18-30 into safe and affordable housing, while also providing help for them to develop essential life skills, such as cooking and budgeting money, as well as support with managing a tenancy and finding employment. One young person to already benefit from this support is Faye*.

“When I was made homeless at the age of 18, Anchorage found me a place to live and helped me sort out everything I needed to manage to a place by myself. They have continued to support me to this day and have never once given up hope or refused to help me when I ask for it.”

Faye adds: “I genuinely don’t think I’d be here without Anchorage they’ve helped so much and genuinely care for the people under their care and in their homes.”

By working in collaboration, The Benjamin Foundation and Solo Housing hope to reach many more young people like Faye to help them overcome barriers to housing and empower them to forge successful independent lives.

Carolyn Howell MBE CEO of Solo Housing says: “We are very excited to be entering into a new partnership with The Benjamin Foundation to provide much needed, good quality supported accommodation for young people in the town. We have enormous respect for the work of The Benjamin Foundation, there is synergy between our two organisations and we are both dedicated to providing services to combat homelessness.”

Matt Garrod, Director of Operations for The Benjamin Foundation says: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Solo Housing, an organisation with similar aims and aspirations as ourselves.

“We welcome this opportunity to share our expertise and resources to benefit local young people in order to help them move confidently along their journey to independence after tough starts in life. We hope this partnership will lead to other future collaborative opportunities.”

With over 25 years of experience in supporting local vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness, The Benjamin Foundation operates the ‘Aspire’ accommodation centre on Market Row in the town and in 2019 welcomed Anchorage to its services to support young people age 18 to 30 in Great Yarmouth.

Solo Housing is a charity working across parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, helping single people to secure suitable housing. Using funds from a range of agencies, as well as voluntary donations, Solo currently offers accommodation options such as Supported Housing, a Lodgings Scheme and general needs accommodation. Over the years Solo has developed an excellent track record in working with private landlords to provide a good quality housing management service on their behalf.

The Benjamin Foundation is also pleased to be linking up with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and are grateful for the support provided by the Local Authority for the Anchorage project, which has already received a great response from local landlords who wish to be involved.

Nicola Turner, Housing Director at Great Yarmouth Borough Council says “The Council is pleased to be able to support this new initiative between The Benjamin Foundation and Solo Housing which will help ensure that young people across the borough have a safe and affordable home.”

Mr Garrod continues: “We are delighted to have received so much support in order to help more local young people.”

For more information about the Anchorage project, please contact pip.yaxley@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

*Name has been changed

It demonstrates the strength of the service and the care and compassion of the team and Hosts who make the service such a success.

Matt Garrod, Director of Operations

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