Charity seek ‘crash pads’ for teenagers

Northumberland County Council executive mMember Coun Lesley Rickerby.
Northumberland County Council executive mMember Coun Lesley Rickerby.
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A SEARCH has been launched in the county to find people who can offer temporary accommodation for troubled teenagers.

The Barnardo’s Crash Pad scheme is looking for people who have a room to spare for a young person aged 16 to 18-years-old.

The project, which is supported by Northumberland County Council, needs a number of Crash Pad hosts who can be there for young people when they most need them, for up to eight weeks.

Singles, couples or families with children can all apply to be part of the scheme as long as they care about helping vulnerable young people.

In return, hosts will receive training and a fee of around £160 per week and on-going support from a Barnardo’s worker.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, executive member for children and young people, said: “We are keen to support this successful scheme, which can make such a difference in a young person’s life.

“There are many reasons why 16 to 18-year-olds may find themselves homeless for a short time and it is essential that we have a wide network of people in the county who can offer help and a comfortable place to stay in such an emergency.”

The charity is also looking for people who would be interested in becoming volunteer mediators working with young people and their families to resolve, where possible, difficulties caused by homelessness.

For more information call (01670) 797 800 or e-mail carol.preston@barnardos.org.uk