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The Holdings in Bournville provides supported housing to young people who have been cared for by a local authority.

Made up of nine individual one-bedroom apartments, it supports care leavers aged 16-18 to make the transition from care to independence.

This move isn’t always easy and comes with challenges, with care leavers more likely to face isolation and low self-esteem.

However, the Holdings’ team offer a safe home and work with young people to develop the essential life skills, like budgeting and cooking, that they need to maintain a successful and independent tenancy.

The team also support young people with their personal and social development skills, which in turn can help them to contribute and achieve as members of their community.

Unlike similar services, the Holdings is one of the only to offer fully-furnished flats in which all the contents belong to tenants once their residency begins.

Young people are given the opportunity to take the furniture with them when they move into their own first independent home at 18.

Placements are arranged through local authorities’ children’s services.

For more information, please contact your local authorities’ children’s services department or a designated social worker.

If you are a social worker and wish to visit the Holdings, or make a referral, please contact the project by emailing our Customer Services team at enquiries@bvt.org.uk

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