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18 October

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IT Suite Opens At Homeground Hostel

IT Suite Opens At Homeground Hostel

Homeground Hostel’s new IT suite is now open thanks to funding from Beatrice Laing Trust and Hemby Trust. Homeground Hostel supports and accommodates 20 homeless young people between the ages of 16 and 21. Previously a lounge for residents, the funding allowed Homeground Hostel to refurbish the room into a suite to assist in their aim of helping each young person prepare for living independently. Residents will use the suite to access employment opportunities, search for move-on accommodation, keep in contact with friends and family, and have the facility to stay socially connected.

Homeground support workers and external providers will facilitate sessions for groups of clients, for example supporting tenants to access the Resettlement Passport, an online tenancy skills course. Darren, a Homeground Hostel support worker, said:

It’s really beneficial having the IT suite and tenants are using it for job search, keeping their benefits live, registering for property Pool for housing and from a social point of view, it’s enabling people to keep in touch with people outside of the hostel.”

Feedback from residents who haveused the IT suite has been overwhelmingly positive and indicates that the suite provides much needed support in helping them prepare for living independently.

It’s going to help me get better using computers,” Becca, 19

I'm really pleased we can use the computers now for all sorts of things like job searches and it saves data on my phone.” Saffron, 20

We’d like to thank the trustees of the Beatrice Laing and Hemby Trust for their generous support.

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