Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, said
‘I was very concerned when I learned of the news that Trinity Foyer was to close. I know how crucial it’s services are to the young people who live there, a number of whom I have engaged with over the years on a wide range of issues, and I am worried about the impact the need for re housing will have on their lives.
With this in mind I have this week discussed the matter with Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education at Kent County Council, who are responsible for the contract. I have received reassurance from Roger that all the young people who are currently housed at Trinity Foyer will continue to be supported with accommodation and that the other important services provided by KCC and others at Trinity Foyer will also continue to be available to the young people affected.
I will however monitor this matter extremely closely over the coming weeks and months to ensure the young people continue to receive support. I would also encourage anybody who is a resident at Trinity, who does not believe they are getting the help they need, to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ensure KCC look into their case as a matter of priority.’
Roger Gough KCC Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education said,
‘We are absolutely committed to ensuring the right type of accommodation and support is in place for vulnerable young people. We are introducing a new more flexible model which is focussed on providing support to the those who are most vulnerable in the county.
We recognise that there is anxiety over these changes and we are working closely with partners, including our local MP to ensure that young people’s support needs are met.
All young people who are currently housed within Trinity Foyer are receiving our support to ensure that they will move into accommodation that will best suit their needs.’