An event was recently held in Essex to celebrate the launch of a new contract to deliver accommodation based support services to young people in Essex.

The event was organised to showcase the partnership work being done between Family Mosaic and Nacro, to deliver a range of levels of support to vulnerable young people between the ages of 16 and 21.

Family Mosaic have eight schemes across Colchester, Braintree, Harlow and Basildon supporting vulnerable parents and young people with medium to high needs. These services not only provide customers with a safe place to live but also offer additional, specialist support to help them to manage independently after they move on.

The launch was a great opportunity to both raise awareness of the work being done in supported housing but also the difference the support can make to a young person’s life. The event was opened by Ron Kranks, the Vice-Chairperson of Nacro and was followed by a range of presentations from the providers and key stakeholders.

Family Mosaic also created a short film to illustrate the views of young people currently using the service which attracted some very positive responses from the audience around the importance of the service.

Finally a panel took questions from the audience about the service provision in the area after which the event was closed by local councillor Penny Channer.

Sarah Thompson, Family Mosaic Operations Manager for Young People, explained the importance of these services:

We have been involved in delivering support to young people in Essex for over 15 years. In that time we have worked with a huge number of young people with varying levels of need.

Whilst the names of the people we work with may change, the issues and challenges that they are trying to deal with on a daily basis remains the same. Struggles with getting into employment or education, dealing with substance misuse, managing their mental health and physical wellbeing and now more worryingly, an increase in exploitation, all remain part of the support that we offer.

The launch of the Essex Young People Partnership (EYPP) was also an opportunity to celebrate this work and our commitment to improving the lives of people living in our local communities.

To find out more about these services, please take a look here.