Children’s home opens

Coun Robert Arckless officially opens the new children's home.
Coun Robert Arckless officially opens the new children's home.

A new family-style children’s home has been officially opened in south east Northumberland.

Phoenix House Children’s home in Bedlington, will accommodate three young people aged between ten and 15.

The home is situated on the St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy Campus and has been fully refurbished from its days as the school caretaker’s house.

The large living areas have individual en-suite bedrooms, family kitchen, home work room, relaxation area, games room, education and art room.

The opening of the home marks the fourth phase of the service’s development to create smaller community children’s homes, with smaller numbers of Looked After Children together to offer an improved family style living.

The building, which is in a rural location in well maintained grounds, has been sympathetically refurbished to ensure the community location is unaffected and the home becomes an integral part of the surrounding area.

Northumberland County Councillor Robert Arckless, who opened the building, said: “It is fantastic that the children have been involved in the process and put their stamp on Phoenix House to make it their own.

“It’s brilliant to see the house and the progress of the team in allowing Looked After Children to have a family household experience.”