Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford officially opened Rose Court last Friday; the first Young Persons Service in East Hertfordshire provided by Aldwyck Housing Group.

Named after Jacqueline Rose who worked for the Homes and Communities Agency, and was a strong supporter of the scheme before sadly passing away in May 2012, the building will be home to 28 young people aged 16 – 25 years from the local area.

Aldwyck will provide accommodation and support for the young residents during their 18 month stay which will equip them with the skills they need to move on and live successful independent lives. All young people are expected to undertake employment, education or training during their stay and will also be given the opportunity to take part in AQA accredited learning modules as part of Aldwyck’s support programme.

The development meets the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and offers residents secure parking facilities and cycle storage. In addition each resident benefits from an ensuite bedroom and a shared kitchen with one other resident.

Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford, who officially opened the scheme said, “I am proud to officially open Rose Court which will provide many young people with the platform they need to get the best start in their adult life. This mix of housing and support is much needed in East Herts and is crucial to making a difference to the young people who will live here now and in the future”.

Mark Prisk then joined Jacqueline Rose’s husband, Guy Shreeves, sister, Adele Wilson, and the Mayor of Hertford to plant a rose in the communal garden in her memory.