Although Nova Hreod school in Swindon opened in a new building three years ago, some of the mobile classrooms were retained on the old site.
Now, with a £5,000 grant from Swindon Council’s Youth Opportunities Fund, one has been turned into a fully functioning flat for use by the Life Skills team who work with vulnerable young people in need of extra assistance in dealing with everyday situations.
Apart from upgrading the wiring in the building, money has been spent on equipping the flat with kitchen equipment, a living room with sofa and chairs, a bookcase and pictures, and a bedroom.
Life Skills therapist Diane Townsend said, “often the young people have been involved in risky situations which the Life Skills centre will work with them to avoid in the future.
“We also assist in helping young people develop economic awareness and how to manage their money to make it go further.
“When the students put their bid to the Youth Opportunities Fund, one of the panel was moved to tears with one student when she said, ‘I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t come to the centre.’
Pictured right, second from top, Life Skills students with the Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon Rex and Sandra Barnett at the launch the new centre
Below, Diane Townsend with Life Skills students