Home for vulnerable young people opened

Project manager Mark Simmons, Sue Burlimi from Eastbourne Borough Council, mayor Carolyn Heaps and trustee Laurie Thorpe

Project manager Mark Simmons, Sue Burlimi from Eastbourne Borough Council, mayor Carolyn Heaps and trustee Laurie Thorpe

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A HOUSE where vulnerable young people can live semi-independently has been officially opened in Eastbourne town centre.

Barnabas House in Langney Road has self-contained rooms for teenagers and young adults where they can live before moving into their own property.

The property is the brainchild of the YMCA and works in tandem with the YMCA building in Vicarage Drive, which offers assisted living and support for 16-25 year olds.

Young people living at Vicarage Road will be able, when they are ready, to move to Barnabas House for semi-independent living.

Steve Puttock, the YMCA’s chief executive, said, “The new project comes at a time when opportunities for young people to build their lives are becoming more scarce and when as a result, more vulnerable young people face becoming homeless.”