Oborne House to reopen
By Magna_Housing | Thursday, September 12, 2013, 16:33
Young people in Sherborne have received a boost this month as Oborne House in Sherborne will reopen before Christmas.
The closure in March of the twelve bedroom accommodation at Oborne House, prompted fears young people would suffer.
The property was previously leased by Magna Housing to the You Trust who provided support at the property and dealt with the management of the units. In April 2013 the You Trust lost its contract with Dorset County Council to provide young persons support services and the contract was awarded to Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA).
BCHA decided not to use Oborne house to provide its support services and the property has remained empty since June.
Magna, which has owned the property since 1994, will reopen the house before Christmas, working with 'The Rendezvous' a youth resource service based in Sherborne.
Oborne House will provide affordable housing for young people aged between 18 and 25. Magna will manage the properties as the residents' landlord and 'The Rendezvous' will provide any necessary housing related support.
Staff from the Rendezvous centre will provide advice and support on a daily basis regarding benefits, CV writing, job searching and any other needs. They will help the tenants to find alternative accommodation when they are ready to move on and provide sufficient support to enable the young people to live independently.
David Aldwinckle, Magna Director, said 'We are delighted to have brought this much needed resource back into use working with one of our close partners 'The Rendezvous' in setting up and delivering this project. It will directly benefit a number of young people from in and around Sherborne who are struggling to find suitable affordable accommodation. Oborne House will provide housing and support to those young people in order for them to improve their life skills and live independently.'
Bob Eccleshall, from the Rendezvous, added 'Magna are to be congratulated on responding generously to the growing need of young people in the area when they could have decided to sell Oborne House as a commercial venture. We are so pleased that they recognise the value of our work by strengthening the partnership we have with them.'