PHOTO: Giants star Oli with Taz Iqbal
A NEW facility has opened in Dewsbury to provide support for young people who are leaving care.
‘Number 12’ is the second space of its kind in Kirklees after the launch of the ‘Number 11’ centre in Huddersfield, which has been hailed as an innovative way of supporting looked-after children and care leavers.
Help offered includes guidance about healthy lifestyles, housing and finance, life skills, education and employment.
The space also includes laundry equipment and a kitchen where care leavers can learn to cook.
Coun Viv Kendrick (Lab, Heckmondwike), who officially opened the centre, said: “We are thrilled to open Number 12 and offer an even greater level of support to our looked after children and care leavers. It’s an absolute priority for us to help children and young people have the best start in life.
“Leaving care can be a challenge, so we do everything possible to prepare people for the change both emotionally and practically.”
Huddersfield Giants star Oliver Roberts was also at the launch, where care leaver Taz Iqbal made a speech about her early life and the support she has received.