Transforming Trevone House
On 24 April 2019, the proposal to transform Trevone House in Gloucester into semi-independent accommodation for young people in care was agreed by Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet.
This accommodation will support the council’s Sufficiency Strategy, ensuring children and young people in the county get the right placement, first time and the chance of a flourishing future.
Why was this needed?
As of January 2019, Gloucestershire had 697 children in care and this number is increasing every year. It is our duty as the Local Authority to care for these children and find them appropriate care placements. This includes foster placements, supported living, residential placements or a support package. There has been a large increase in demand for supported living placements such as semi-independent accommodation.
Previously we have been placing our young people in these types of placements outside of the county but there is evidence that these placements are not in the young person’s best interests. Young people placed at a distance from home are likely to achieve poorer educational and other outcomes than those placed closer to their home. By bringing these placements in to the county, young people can keep strong links with their family and friends and achieve better outcomes.
About the Project
Trevone House in Gloucester will provide semi-independent accommodation, as well as other specialist services, that will help young people by giving them the support they need as they head into adulthood and find their independence.
The building will host semi-independent accommodation for young people aged 16 plus, a designated space for day provision for the Intensive Recovery Intervention Service and health placements for young people needing mental health support.
What is Semi-Independent Accommodation?
Flexible semi-independent accommodation enables young people to develop strong relationships and core life skills whilst being in a safe and supportive environment. This will be made up of a number of studio flats, all with access to a space for group activities, as well as being staffed at all times by an experienced and well trained staff team.
The whole aim of this provision is to support young people locally, so that they can keep their community connections, links to Education, employment and Health services, ensuring they have the right support to enable them to become independent when moving into adulthood.
What is Health Provision?
The health placements will consist of a small number of self contained flats that will provide accommodation for young people needing a mental health assessment, a place of calm or those stepping down from a health care facility.
On Monday 3 August 2020, Homes2inspire were announced as the provider. You can read the announcment.
Homes2inspire is part of one of the largest people-centred charitable organisations in the country, Shaw Trust.
Update: Trevone House launch - March 2021
The first young people have settled into their new home at Trevone House. As a result of COVID restrictions we were not able to have the face to face launch we had planned but have produced a virtual launch to showcase this ground breaking new facility, which is receiving national interest as the first facility of its kind in the UK. You can read the announcement.
Trevone House will provide specialist support and semi-independent accommodation to help vulnerable young care leavers approaching adulthood to learn the skills they need to live independently.
The county council is investing up to £15.5 million into the pioneering project which has transformed the former care home in Gloucester, creating a brand new development which was designed with the needs of young people at its heart.
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The virtual launch features a number of interviews with key national and local figures:
- Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet member for safeguarding and early years, Deputy Leader of Gloucestershire County Council
- Chris Spencer, Director of Children's Services
- Wendy Williams, Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissioning
- Anne Longfield OBE, Children's Commissioner for England
- Yvette Stanley, Director of Ofsted
- Dr Ana Draper, Systemic Psychotherapist
- Chris Luck, CB MBE MA MPhil, Group Executive Shaw Trust
You can contact us by email at Trevonehousereception@homes2inspire.co.uk