Langlees house marks 10 years of helping homeless youngsters

Provost Pat Reid unveils plaque to mark 10th anniversary of the Ypeople facility
Provost Pat Reid unveils plaque to mark 10th anniversary of the Ypeople facility

There was a birthday party with a difference last week as Seaforth House celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The residence in Seaforth Road, Langlees, was opened in 2002 and offers supported accommodation to young people whose lives have been affected by homelessness.

Provost Pat Reid visited on July 5 to unveil a commemorative mosaic plaque, which was designed by staff and residents to mark the occasion.

Seaforth House is run by Ypeople, the charity formerly known as the YMCA,and was opened in response to demand for such a support service in the district.

It offers accommodation to vulnerable people aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Sheena McHugh, team leader at Seaforth, said: “We would like to extend our thanks to Provost Reid for agreeing to unveil our special new plaque - it is a real pleasure to have him visit us.

“This is a very special day for service users and staff as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

“We have come a long way since the project was set up in 2002 - one of our key achievements is that Seaforth House now has its very own registered tenants organisation. This consists of a group of service users who meet once a month. It provides a platform to allow all residents to voice their thoughts on every aspect of the running the project.”

Maria Mackay, director of operations at Ypeople, said: “Seaforth House is an important part of our network of services and over the last 10 years has achieved remarkable results in helping to transform the lives of the young people who have stayed there.

“As with all our services, the principle aim of Seaforth House is to provide support to vulnerable young people whose lives have been affected by homelessness in order to equip them with the necessary life skills to help them in overcoming challenges within their lives.

“Since 2002 Seaforth House has helped a large number of young people overcome a variety of problems and the success stories of those who have called Seaforth House home are too numerous to list.

“The support Ypeople’s work continually receives from the wider community is of huge importance to us and we would like to thank everyone who has played a part in making Seaforth House a success over the past ten years. We have many exciting things planned as an organisation in the coming months.”

Last year, 14 Seaforth residents worked with with well-known Scottish actor David Hayman to produce a DVD chronicling their own life experiences.