This service in Kensington and Chelsea provides accommodation and support to young people aged 16 to 21 who are leaving care or are ‘looked after’ within the ‘Every Child Matters’ framework.
Although originally set up to provide a safe and secure environment for young refugees and asylum seekers, the hostel is now open to young people from the wider community who are looked after or leaving care.
The hostel provides a home to 12 customers who have their own bedroom and a range of shared areas, including kitchens, bathrooms and a lounge. Staff are on-site Monday to Friday to provide individual support, advice, information and keyworking sessions to the customers. There is also an on-call service over the weekend.
There are regular house meetings where representatives from other organisations and agencies come and talk to residents, such as Connexions and local community groups. Strong links have been established with a range of key partners, including local careers offices, benefits and housing teams, the Red Cross, the Refugee Council Children’s Panel, Asylum Support, sports centres, immigration advisers and local places of worship.
If you’re interested in using this service you have to be referred by the social services team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
To find out more about the accommodation and services provided at Longridge Road, please call us on 020 7370 6340.