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Date added: January 19th, 2012
Coronation Streetís Fiz Opens Door to New Barnardoís Project

Photo of the opening of MyPad

A supported housing scheme which will help young people leaving care to take the next step to get on in life is being officially opened by Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine in Bury this week.

Jennie, who plays Street favourite Fiz Stape, opened the Barnardo’s MyPad project on Wednesday 18 January in Bury.

MyPad will provide housing for five young people aged 16 – 17 years old who are leaving care. It is the first scheme of its kind that the charity has operated in Greater Manchester.

Run in partnership with Regenda, Bury Children’s Services and The Extra Mile, MyPad will give the young people a safe place to live for up to two years. With support from experienced staff, the young people will have a chance to develop essential life skills, confidence and independence as well as guidance to develop their education, gain employment or training opportunities.

Actress Jennie McAlpine said: “I’m really impressed. This is a fantastic project offering a great opportunity for the young people who will live there. I’m always bowled over by the work Barnardo’s does to help children and young people in life and this is no exception.”

Manager of MyPad, Chan Foy, said: “It can be hard to appreciate what it’s like for a young person leaving care who hasn’t had the support and guidance from family that many of us have. That’s why Mypad is such an exciting project, we can give vulnerable young people the chance to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals in life.”

Ms Foy added: “Barnardo’s has a wealth of experience and an impressive track record in supporting young people who are leaving care and may need a little more support at this stage in their lives in order to get on.”

Bernard Gallagher, Group Chief Executive of Regenda said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barnardo’s to provide this fantastic new facility.

“Regenda is much more than a social landlord – we are equally committed to delivering innovative projects to enhance the quality of life of our residents and the wider community. This scheme will deliver our aim by providing young people in Bury with the skills and confidence to live independently.”

Karen Dolton, Bury Council's assistant director of social care and safeguarding, said: "Facilities like this are much in demand, as there is a shortage of good quality accommodation for young people leaving care. We are delighted to work with Barnardo's on this project which we are sure will be much welcomed by young people."