A Cardiff MP has recognised the Salvation Army for helping young people break the cycle of homelessness.
Craig Williams MP praised the work being done at Northlands Lifehouse to support young men and women back into their own homes.
During a recent visit to the centre, the MP for North Cardiff met residents and support workers, and took part in group sessions aimed at preparing residents for independent living.
Through the My Life My Choice programme, a personal development plan is designed with each young person and explores areas such as health, emotional well being, substance use, education and training skills, employment, leisure activities, and social skills. The plan reflects the young person’s wishes and aspirations and identifies goals to work towards in a positive and supportive environment.
Mr Williams said: “It’s a brilliant centre and everyone has been so welcoming. I’m really enthusiastic about the project. I was excited to read about the My Life My Choice programme. It’s a great empowerment model and a way to support young people to get on with their independent lives.”
One young person who has benefitted from the support at Northlands is Dan Harris, from Essex. The 22-year-old, who gave the MP a tour of the centre during the visit, said: “It was good to show the MP around and explain to him the support that residents like myself can get at Northlands.
“The staff here are so helpful and always do their best to help with whatever problem residents may have. I’ve found the My Life My Choice programme to be really worthwhile and now I’m hoping to get my own flat in the next few months. I feel I’m ready for it now.”
Sally Anthony, service manager of Northlands Lifehouse, said: “It was good for Mr Williams to see first-hand the work our staff do here at Northlands. We were delighted to be able to highlight to him the kind of stories of transformation that take place at our centre.”