Title of Piece: Fresh Start Centre
The Fresh Start Centre will be of mixed-use occupancy boasting 10 1-bedroom bedsits for mother and baby. Consisting of a kitchen diner, small lounge, and bathroom. With the added benefit of there being an onsite Coffee and Zero Waste shop, this will give residents the opportunity to take on employment or training in hospitality and catering.
The property will accommodate a crèche, where young mothers will have support with childcare and parenting.
The site is adjoined to an allotment, which will provide fresh fruit and veg for resale and will also encourage mothers to eat healthily. The goal of this project is to prepare young mothers for independent living and to help them acquire the skills required to go on and lead healthy lifestyles, whilst still maintaining their independence.
With the current housing crisis, young mothers facing homelessness are finding themselves stuck in unattractive, overpopulated emergency housing with a lack of support or opportunities. These environments can have a negative impact on their health and mental wellbeing.
Providing young mothers with a safe and secure space to start their journey into parenthood is paramount. With on-site support, training and employment, a positive environment decorated to high standards and trained staff, this will provide the support needed to help motivate and boost the confidence of young residence.
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