Disadvantaged get new home help
A HOUSING and support service for disadvantaged people has opened its new doors to the community.
The 28A Supported Living group, in Hemsworth, held an open day on Friday to meet with other community groups often used by people who need help finding housing.
The group, which recently moved into specially-converted premises on Barnsley Road, offers advice and support on housing and finances and education and training for disadvantaged people, including those with a learning disability or mental health problem, ex-offenders, the homeless and asylum seekers.
Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett, local Surestart groups, the Open Doors Project and the Foundation charity – which also offers support to disadvantaged people – attended the event to find out about the service.
The new building, which is two properties knocked into one, has private interview rooms and better access for service users. The service had moved twice in the past year before setting up permanently at Barnsley Road.
Service manager Joanne Houlton said: “The open day was really busy – we often get referrals from groups such as Open Door and Surestart so it was good to invite them into the office. We also found out a lot about groups we weren’t aware of previously.
“We are always open for service users to drop in and we have noticed a lot more coming through the doors since we moved into the new building. We have lots more room now and it is more noticeable on Barnsley Road.
“We work with local landlords to find housing for disadvantaged people. Any landlord who wants to work with us is welcome to drop into the shop – it is a good deal for them. We pay the rent for up to two years and will pay for any damages.”
For more information on the group, visit www.28asupportedliving.co.uk or call 01977 611966.