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It makes the house more of a home – Grace Harris House housing project

26th June 2019

Young vulnerable people who are homeless, or sofa-surfing, go through steps aimed at supporting them to thrive again.

When they arrive at YMCA we help them with support & advice, but also with a tailored Pathway 2 Independence program. This enables young people to live independently after they move out from YMCA premises.

At YMCA Grace Harris House in Shepton Mallet we support 9 residents aged between 16 -25. We aim to support them to move on from supported housing into more independent accommodation.

Many of our residents are at college or in part time employment, however we do have various activities for them to be involved in during their free time.

Our lovely garden at Grace Harris House was in need of some tender loving care. We are lucky to have a volunteer who works alongside residents. Being out in the garden and keeping active brings a lot of pleasure and purpose to the residents and enables their home & out door space to be a nice environment for them to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

We have plenty more work to do on the garden, but our aim is to be ready for the summer months so we can all enjoy a house BBQ.

‘I really enjoy being able to have a garden that we can help out with and use for our leisure. It is a good source of fulfilment and makes the house more of a home’ Yuri – June 2019