We are delighted to announce that we have exchanged contracts and we have the keys to our “Journey into Independence” house in Woodley. To date, we have raised just over £120,000, which is an amazing achievement, and we thank each and every one of you who has helped in some way. Our next instalment of £100,000 needs to be paid at the beginning of January, but we need your help…
Voting for the Aviva Community Fund Award has now closed so we await news on 28 November to see if we are through to the panel for a chance to receive £25,000. Thank you to all those who voted – we managed 4165 votes.
It is quite an exciting feeling getting the “Journey into Independence” house ready for its new life of helping our young people to experience living in a home where they will start their true journey into independence. We know that we can provide a safe and sound home for these people just starting out on their life’s journey and who due to no fault of their own, do not have this essential need met in their lives right here in Wokingham Borough. Our live in support worker will guide and encourage the young people to develop an overall sense of independence in all that they do, from money management to food shopping and cooking. These young people have been through immense difficulty and to be able to offer them the opportunity to live in the JAC house, is a vision Yvonne has pictured since before JAC started.
JAC have always felt called to run supported accommodation where we can work with young people aged 18-25 who may have come from a traumatic background and need our support to work towards living independently. Considering that JAC will be celebrating its 20th year in 2018, this is a vision which has a long history and we feel now is the right time to be able to offer a more holistic approach to helping some of our young people.