A hub for Barnsley’s care leavers to get advice, guidance and support has officially opened this week.
The Barnsley Care Leavers Hub, based on Regent Street, is part of the council’s Local Offer to care leavers.
It provides a co-ordinated service where young people can have formal meetings with their allocated advice and support workers, as well as take part in various activities and information sessions.
Future Directions, the service which supports care leavers aged 18 to 25 in making a successful transition to adulthood is based at the hub, which also provides drop-in services from other agencies promoting health education, training and career advice and information.
The team’s whole aim is to support young people who have been in care in achieving their ambitions and aspirations.
Young people have been involved in the design of the hub which includes a shower room, laundry facilities and a kitchen to cook and make something to eat.
Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “This is a most welcome resource for our young people leaving care. The transition from care to independent living can be difficult and it’s vital that we listen to what our young people are asking for.
“Care Leavers are among the the most vulnerable groups in the Barnsley community and as a corporate parent, the council is committed to improving the lives of both children in our care and care leavers.”