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St Christopher’s opens West London 16+ service

St Christopher’s has opened the first phase of a 23-bed 16+ transition service in West London, offering accommodation and support to care leavers and homeless young people moving towards living independently.

The project, near Latimer Road, Kensington, comprises two neighbouring buildings offering a safe, structured and caring home to young people aged 16 and above. The layout enables young people to move easily between high support and medium support accommodation as their needs change. 

It will offer emergency, short-term, and long-term support to young people with needs including:

  • Emotional & behavioural problems
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental ill-health
  • Chaotic lifestyles
  • Offending behaviour

The project will be managed by Kevin McBrien, who previously ran a St Christopher’s support service in Greenwich. He will be supported by a team leader, three support officers, two support workers, two waking night staff and a linked substance misuse worker. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day. 

Sam Olsen, St Christopher’s Director of Strategy and Development, said: “We are delighted to open this new project and are already taking young people through ‘spot purchase’ referrals from local authorities.

“It complements our other spot-purchase 16+ transition service, Knowland House in Lewisham.