Dundas Street, Sunderland

Sandie Shaw meets young people from Sunderland

The service: Dundas Street, Sunderland

Rooms: 18 - each with its own en suite wet room

Extras: Four fully-equipped modern kitchens shared by residents, plus an extra large kitchen used for cookery classes. There's also a multimedia suite.

Support: Short stay, high support, for young people aged 16-21.

Fact: Residents were given a sneak preview of their new service in December 2011 with 60s pop star Sandie Shaw and moved in in January 2012. The official opening was in March 2012 with Sunderland FC legend Jim Montgomery. 

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Dundas Street is Centrepoint's first purpose-built accommodation for homeless young people. It took five years of hard work, from conception to reality, and cost £1.3m.

Dundas stWith its en suite bathrooms and modern facilities, it's a far cry from Sunderland's former service, Mowbray Road.

The training kitchen and multimedia suite will enable Centrepoint staff to hold more effective workshops in learning and life skills.

Martin Gill, Centrepoint's Regional Operations Manager for the North East, said:

'The young people were absolutely astonished after seeing it for the first time. Dundas Street is so well designed, that after being at the old service for the last three years, there's no comparison. It's tremendous for the learning environment we're looking to promote.'

 

 

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