New home set to help young people leaving care  

Young people are preparing to move into a newly refurbished supported accommodation created by the City of Doncaster Council to help them transition from living in care to independent living.

Askern Court has been designed to support young people learn valuable life skills, including financial and practical skills so they can successfully go on to secure their own tenancy. Helping them to prepare for what life is like living on their own, the property has five self-contained flats, each with its own front door, kitchen, living space, bedroom and bathroom.

The young people will be supported by the on-site 24/7 team who will be on hand to help them learn the practicalities of running their own home – from housekeeping skills, budgeting and paying bills to finding and keeping employment, training and education, as well as caring for their own wellbeing. The young people will be supported to plan for their future, taking the next steps that are right for them whether that is going to university or further education or looking to secure their own tenancy.  

Mayor Ros Jones said: “Living alone for the first time is daunting for any of us, but particularly for our care leavers who do this at a young age and may not have the support of family members. We are pleased to be able to open this latest home that will provide our young people with a safe and supportive environment to develop their skills to live more independently and aid their transition into adulthood.”

Over several months, the council has worked alongside carer leavers to transform the disused block into modern, bright and welcoming one-bedroom flats. The young people have been involved in selecting the furniture and decorations for the flats, to turn each space into an inviting and welcoming home.  

The new home is set to welcome its first residents later this month. Askern Court is the council’s third supported accommodation property for care leavers.

  • Category: Children, young people & families
Last updated: 09 May 2024 09:49:27