Bluestone supports Pembrokeshire Youth Services Team

By Kathryn Slade

Bluestone National Park Resort is pleased to be supporting Pembrokeshire County Council’s Youth Service’s Homelessness Team through the donation of a number of sofas, fridges, ovens, microwaves and heaters to their furniture & equipment loan scheme. 

The ‘Kickstart’ project aims to provide young people in the county aged 16-25 access to essential items they need when first setting up a home. The scheme relies solely on donated items, which are made available on a loan basis to those entering new tenancies. In order to have access to these items young people must engage in support programmes such as tenancy skills and independent living workshops. 

Once young people acquire the skills, knowledge and their own resources to be able to live on their own, the items are returned to benefit others. 

 Nick Hudd, Senior Youth Work Practitioner with the service says: "The sooner we can support young people turn an empty property into a comfortable home, the more likely that individual has to make a success of the tenancy. That way averting the risk of homelessness. 

"Bluestone have been a valued partner in ensuring we have access to a range of equipment, from sofa’s to cookers and microwaves. Equipment must meet strict regulations in regard to fire safety and we test all electrical equipment before redistributing out on loan. The standard of the items donated by Bluestone means this task is made easier for us when the equipment comes in."

Marten Lewis, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Bluestone, added: "We are really pleased to be able to support the Kickstart Project, which does a fantastic job helping young people as they set up home for the first time. We all know how important it is to make a place a home – the scheme is an excellent initiative by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Youth Service’s Homelessness Team."

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