Trentham House, our dedicated mother and baby scheme in Acocks Green reopened in April 2014. The project was closed for 6 months and the young mothers rehoused at other schemes while extensive and much needed renovation work took place, which was all possible thanks to a £150K grant from LandAid.
Trentham house which provides accommodation and support to 17 young mums and their babies, has been based in its current location since the early 1980s so was much in need of a makeover.
The scheme now has new kitchens and bathrooms throughout and all rooms and corridors have been stripped and repainted in modern and neutral colours and flooring has been replaced. The project has also undergone some structural changes to adapt the project the needs of young mothers. The layout has been slightly altered to allow for wider entry hallways, a buggy park and a second access ramp has been installed to make buggy and pram access easier. The laundry room has been moved and a training room with three computers added. Some ceilings have also been lowered to make the project easier to light and heat and all bedrooms have also been provided with new furniture including beds, cots and wardrobes.
One young resident said of the changes:
“I was one of the first to move in, I’ve lived here two weeks now and I think it’s lovely! I’ve lived in hostels before but this doesn’t feel like a hostel, it’s so homely and comfortable; it feels like a home.
My son, has just turned two so I’ve got one of the largest rooms with room for his bed and an open plan lounge area. I share a bathroom and kitchen with one other resident but we’ve each got our own fridge and own cupboards. It’s all modern and good quality. I was so impressed when I came to view it! I was quite low before I came here but I’m gradually feeling more positive and the staff are lovely and 100% supportive.
I’m a fully qualified nursery nurse and that’s what I was doing before I had my son, but I want more than that now. I want enough money to live somewhere really nice and be secure. I’d love to be a nurse or a teacher. I’m still debating which. I’ve signed up for an assessment day soon at a nearby college as I’m hoping to be able to do a higher education course in September and once I’ve done that I’ll have what I need to go on to University.”
Manager of Trentham House Denise Smyth, said: “We are really pleased with the improvements and very grateful to LandAid for providing us with the funds needed to carry out these refurbishments. This work has greatly modernized and improved the project. It is brighter, more homely and much more welcoming and this has already made a big difference to the wellbeing of our young moms and their children. Our young residents are genuinely appreciative of having somewhere so nice to live”.