Young Parent's Project (Sunderland)
Lewis Crescent, Sunderland
Lewis Crescent is a joint initiative between Tees Valley and the City of Sunderland Council.
Lewis Crescent opened in August 2004, and is designed for young parents or pregnant women aged between 16-25 years old to enable them to develop life skills to live more independently in the Community.
The Project is managed directly by Tees Valley who provide both the housing management and support services.
The Project consists of eight bedroom fully furnished apartments with access to a separate communal lounge, laundry and kitchen. Tees Valley staff are present almost 24 hours a day to provide tenancy support. However, there are other agencies at the scheme during the day providing specialist and complementary support to the young parents.
On average we expect to support a young parent for approximately two years. However, this will vary depending on their individual circumstances.
When the time is right, in consultation with the young parent, their key worker will implement the planned ‘move on’. Part of this process will be a gradual withdrawal of support to the point where the young parent is ready for more independent living, usually through our Floating Support Scheme.