Even more support for Southend young parents

25 July 2019

Teen parents in Southend-on-Sea can now benefit from further support thanks to the expansion of a local service.

Southend young parents meet with Sanctuary directors and the Mayor

Owned and run by Sanctuary Supported Living, Fairfax Drive offers accommodation and support to 10 young parents aged 16-19, and their children – twice the number of rooms available at the previous location in the town.

The scheme was officially opened at a celebration event, which was attended by the Mayor of Southend, Councillor John Lamb.

Staff were on hand to chat to visitors and partner organisations about the support on offer to residents, which includes maintaining a tenancy, managing finances and parenting skills.

Event-goers enjoyed a tasty buffet, and were entertained by a travelling petting zoo and a face paint artist.

Kelly Cross, Sanctuary Supported Living's local service manager, said: "We are all thrilled with the new service – as well as a comfortable living room and large garden, we also have a dedicated training kitchen, where we can teach the young residents healthy cooking skills.

"The fact that we can now accommodate twice the number of residents means that we'll be able to support even more local young parents to lead happy, fulfilled lives with their children."

Mayor Cllr John Lamb commented:

It was fantastic to see everything that Fairfax Drive offers, and it is clear that the residents are getting a great start to life with their young families.

Find out more about Sanctuary Supported Living’s support services for young people.

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