Organisations helping people throughout Dorset are among those to benefit from a new development of homes and business units.
DWP Housing Partnership is working with charities LIFE, KeyRing and the not for profit organisation Coastal Credit Union and with Oakmead College’s new LeAF Elite Athlete Academy at its latest development in Hawthorn Road, Winton.
The new development of 38 flats will provide 10 flats for the charity Life, housing nine vulnerable young mothers and their children and including a flat where life skills such as cooking, budgeting and parenting will be taught.
The charity KeyRing will also have a flat; housing a Community Living Volunteer who will help local people with learning disabilities and asperger syndrome live independently.
Steve Wells, Managing Director at DWP Housing Partnership, said: “We’ve built strong relationships with these organisations and are pleased to have been able to tailor this latest development to suit their unique needs. All play a valuable role in giving people a fresh start and helping them become independent and we hope our newest residents will be very happy here.”
In addition, six self contained flats have been let to Oakmead College’s LeAF Elite Athlete Academy providing accommodation for scholarship students who are combining professional coaching and academic qualifications.
The £3.4million project, which includes four commercial units, occupies a large site where a former warehouse once stood. Building work was carried out by local firm Glossbrook. Space within one of the commercial units will be occupied by the Coastal Credit Union.
Elaine Hall, regional manager for the charity LIFE, said: “Until now we’d housed young mums in a hostel in Oxford Road, which we rented from another landlord. It had become very dilapidated and residents had to share a bathroom and kitchen. These self-contained flats are fantastic and will help our young residents grow in confidence and independence; DWP Housing Partnership has taken great care to cater to our needs; providing CCTV, buggy stores and carpeting throughout.”
The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts officially opened the development on Tuesday September 11.