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 is 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.
Currently, we are 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
Once refurbished, 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.
To make sure the building is fit for purpose; the council will be investing £2.5 million for refurbishing and building work.
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.
Proposed site plans
Proposed site plans for Trevone House are now available to view below.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 and construction workers not being able to work on the site, the opening of Trevone House has been delayed. Construction workers were back on site at the beginning of June and are working hard to get the facility finished as soon as possible.
One of our top priorities is to keep local residents in the loop about what is happening at Trevone House. The information event which was due to take place in August, has also been postponed. More information on the event will be available soon.
On Monday 3 August 2020, Homes2inspire were announced as the provider. You can read the announcement here.
Homes2inspire is part of one of the largest people-centred charitable organisations in the country, Shaw Trust.
You can contact us by email at Trevonehouseengagement@gloucestershire.gov.uk
You can share your views and concerns with us by completing our online survey. The survey is available here