Aspire, our accommodation centre for young people in Great Yarmouth, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Aspire 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 the town with 17 units of accommodation for single, young homeless people aged 16-25.
This milestone was marked by hosting a special Pop Up Cafe at the centre’s ‘Upper Deck’ meeting space on Friday 4th October . The staff from Aspire hosted this jointly with our Job Coach, Anchorage and Future Builders teams, who all work to prevent youth homelessness by providing support to local vulnerable young people to help them on their next steps to independence.
With a tombola, tea, coffee, cakes, the Pop Up Cafe also provided a relaxed venue for networking and we were pleased to welcome representatives from several local organisations, including Prospects, The Matthew Project and Revolutionary Roots, who were keen to celebrate with us.
Brian Morton from The Matthew Project said: “I remember when The Benjamin Foundation first moved into the building and started to support residents. Partnership working between local organisations is really important.”
Aspire Manager, Ben Shallcross added: “We’re really pleased with all of the important relationships we have built with local organisations and agencies over the last ten years. Aspire has been able to support over 170 local young people during that time and we’re delighted to celebrate that today.”
Thank you all those who attended and supported the event.
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