‘Haven’ to help young vulnerable Ryedale residents

Gazette & Herald: Coun Linda Cowling Coun Linda Cowling

SINGLE and homeless Ryedale residents look set to benefit from a new centre aimed at helping them get their lives back on track.

Derwent Lodge, in Church Street, Norton-on-Derwent, provides accommodation for up to 14 people aged over 16 who have nowhere else suitable to live.

With the aid of a team of support staff, Derwent Lodge – developed by Ryedale District Council using a government grant of £560k – gives vulnerable people a chance to learn new skills that will set them on their way to an independent life.

Coun Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council, said Derwent Lodge was designed to be a “safe haven”.

She added: “It has been developed to ensure that vulnerable people from Ryedale can be helped and supported in times of great need and ensure that they can move on with their lives.

“I am very proud of this project and know it will make a real difference to a lot of people now and in the future.”

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