Residents at Hightown's supported housing service for young asylum seekers are now able to enjoy the UK heatwave after giving their garden a fresh new look. What was a dull concrete area has been transformed into a bright, social space for residents.
The garden renovation was completed thanks to the efforts of Support Worker Carol, who coordinated the project and secured donations from Bunnings Warehouse, and the young residents themselves who all pitched in to improve their home.
Hightown manages several services for young people in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford. In 2017 Hightown expanded this service to include dedicated services for young asylum seekers who have been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict.
Hightown's services offer safety, support and shelter for unaccompanied minors aged 16-18 years. They are offered practical support including help with cooking, cleaning and support with education.
Senior Support Worker Kirsty Bushell said:
“Being forced to flee your home and arriving in a new country is such a traumatic experience, however we do all work with the belief that difficult roads can lead to positive destinations. We’re all fully committed to working hard to ensure that these young people receive the care, support and shelter that they need to help prepare them as best we can for independent living.”