together means log cabin offers door to future
A new log cabin that will help give local young people the chance to improve both their skills and life opportunities was officially opened in Felixstowe on Monday, April 23.
The Felixstowe Homeless Young People project is run by Sanctuary Carr-Gomm and provides supported housing for 15 people aged between 16 and 24 years, including single men and women and some young mothers and babies.
"The new log cabin is the latest excit- ing result of a number of key local organisations all working together, thanks to the Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership (SCLSP). This venture followed on from a consulta- tion with young people where they raised some significant issues affect- ing them," said Jeptepkeny Ronoh of NHS Suffolk and SCLSP Board mem- ber.
"There were real concerns about the problems facing young homeless peo- ple, some of which included the lack of opportunities to take part in educa- tion or training courses, physical and mental health challenges they faced, and their behaviour being seen as
anti-social and therefore bring them into contact with the police.
"The homeless project has been doing a really great job, but it was clear that they needed more room if they were to be able to provide more of the kind of help and support that the young people said they needed, and putting a log cabin in the garden was identi- fied as a quick and achievable solu- tion," added Dr Ronoh.
The log cabin will be opened at 12.30pm by Felixstowe Town Council's Mayor, Cllr Doreen Savage, who is also a SCLSP Board member.
Even the physical act of putting the log cabin in place has brought togeth- er people from the project, other organisations such as Suffolk New College and the Fire Service, as well as local young people.
Their combined efforts saw them dig the foundations and build the cabin, actions which not only brought them all together in a real team effort, but also saw significant construction costs saved as a result.
"It has been great to play such a part in turning the log cabin into reality. All our efforts mean that we can now have a place of our own that we have not only built ourselves but have also designed the interior of and decided what sessions will be held there," said Callum, one of the project's residents. "The project is already making a dif- ference. Thanks to it, some of us have already been to Otley College for
training, and we hope that by involv- ing local employers that some of us will have a better chance of finding a job," added Ant, another of the pro- ject's residents.
The SCLSP has backed the scheme with £12,000 this year which has helped fund a "fairy job person" to help the young people identify their own personal needs and target where the necessary support or resources are available, as well as transport, learning materials and other running costs.
The commitment by the SCLSP to improving the life and career prospects of local young people has also seen it this month back a new skills project which is working with local JobCentre Plus offices to offer help at Leiston, Woodbridge and Felixstowe on preparing a CV, inter- view techniques and job search skills.
Green up your garden with compost bins and water butts
Suffolk Coastal's residents have already proved themselves to be the greenest in the county but the call has gone out for them to try even harder this year and play their part in safeguarding scarce water supplies.
This year as well as having discounted
compost bins available, local resi- dents can also buy a water butt to help capture rainfall off their roofs and so use it in their gardens.
"As well as regularly recycling around 60 per percent of their household waste, our residents have also shown their commitment to home compost- ing by buying more bins than any other district. In these times of water drought, I hope they can also consider buying a water butt," said Cllr Andrew Nunn, Cabinet Member for the Green Environment.
"There are two sizes of butt available thanks to our involvement with the Suffolk Waste Partnership and could be a great addition to anyone who wants to keep their garden blooming or their vegetables growing.
"I would also recommend all garden- ers to have a home compost bin where they can put their grass cut- tings, fruit and veg peelings and so have their own ready supply of com- post to help their garden grow," added Cllr Nunn.
A 220 litre compost bin is £16, a 330 litre compost bin is £19, while a 100 litre mini water butt is £28.95, and a 190 litre water butt is £38.95. A buy one get one half price offer also applies to compost bins and water butts if you buy two of the same type. For more details call 0844 571 4444 to order one. There is a £5.49 delivery charge per order.
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