30 November 2018
A picture of Sanctuary wins contract to support vulnerable young people in East Kent

Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) has been awarded a key contract to provide supported accommodation and floating support to young people at risk of homelessness in East Kent.

The national care and support provider is working with Kent County Council (KCC) to develop services in Canterbury, Thanet and Swale to support young people leaving care, children in care and homeless 16 and 17-year-olds.

Young people will be offered a personalised support package aimed at helping them gain the living skills and emotional resilience they need to become fully independent in adulthood.

They will be able to develop day-to-day living skills such as budgeting, cooking and cleaning as well as access education and training opportunities and support with finding suitable accommodation.

Sanctuary Supported Living head of service David Pepper said: “The new agreement with Kent County Council will see us use our wealth of experience in the Kent area to deliver a flexible and integrated service for young people in the East of the county.

“We look forward to working with the council and other providers to ensure young people get the personalised support they need so that fewer need face the prospect of homelessness.”

SSL will be working with district councils to ensure the range of accommodation and support is enhanced for care leavers and children in care in line with KCC’s corporate parent responsibilities.

Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Education, added: “These new services will give some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities the support they need in safe, appropriate accommodation, allowing them to achieve independence and access education, training and employment opportunities.”

The majority of the services will be provided by Sanctuary’s in-house team but some smaller elements will be put out to tender.