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Artwork to illustrate the meaning of ‘home’

News release issued:

Young people who have experienced being homeless were among those who helped come up with designs to decorate the hoardings around a construction site where a new short-term accommodation development is being built.

The art project was organised by Wyre Forest District Council and its partners on the Castle Road development in Kidderminster.  It involved users of Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire NightStop charity as well as youngsters from Nova, a training provider in the town. The initiative is part of the social value activities programme linked to the Castle Road development. When built, the new facility will provide temporary accommodation for people while the council works with them to secure a more permanent home.

The youngsters were asked to illustrate what a home means to them.

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing, Health and Wellbeing said:

“We all attach different meaning to ‘home’ but having a safe space was a theme which we saw in many of the drawings. Our Castle Road development will support individuals into permanent homes and create positive impacts within communities. This social value programme is already offering opportunities within the community. We are now looking forward to seeing the artwork in place."

The social activities programme is running throughout the build. The partners will be working with local organisations to support education and skills development. They will be focussing on the construction industry and highlighting the diverse opportunities available. The programme will also include helping ex-offenders back into work. They will be offered assistance with CV writing and interview techniques.

Patrick Hickey, Associate Direct at Hive Projects Ltd, who are one of the council’s partners, said:

“By investing in these social value activities, Wyre Forest is not only building infrastructure but also building a stronger, more inclusive community. We are excited about the progress of the Castle Road development and the positive impact it will have on the local area.”

Wyre Forest District Council is working with Stepnell (construction partner) and Hive Projects (project management team) on the development. The foundations and the groundworks of the Castle Road development have been completed and the brickwork is underway. The new facility is due to open in Spring 2025.

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