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Watermill House Relaunches its Services for Young People

27 January 2021

Following a competitive tender process, a new contract has been awarded from Cheshire East Council for the relaunch of their ‘Places to Stay’ service at Watermill House in Macclesfield for young people. The newly reorganised service is delivered by the social inclusion charity P3 and will focus on meeting young people’s personal support and housing needs.

The service offers young people from the age of 16 to 25 somewhere safe and comfortable to live with caring, onsite 24/7 staff support. 

Building on an established reputation Watermill House will now offer six places for young people to live, this includes five dedicated places for young people up to the age of 18 and one place for young people who require somewhere safe to stay in a crisis situation (available 24 hours a day).

The relaunched service will also offer two move-on properties in the local community with the aim of these becoming a permanent home. They will be for young people over the age of 18 who are ready to manage their own property, but with access to continued support as needed.

In addition, Watermill House will offer a further four places with support for young people over the age of 18. 

By ensuring each young person is offered the right support for their personal circumstances the Watermill House team work to support every young person to build the necessary life skills to maximise independence, maintain their own home and be in control of their housing needs. 

One young person talking positively about the newly reorganised service, said: “Watermill House really feels like a home and the move here has had a very positive impact on my mental health and outlook. As a young person, I’m now working towards having my own long-term home, I’m living independently, but have access to support when I need it. This has really boosted my self-belief and positivity. P3 provide really strong support and I know I can do this.”

The P3 Watermill House team has worked closely with Cheshire East Council, social services, PCSOs and aligned partner agencies to deliver the revised service from concept through to delivery.

Lindsey Robinson, P3 Head of Community and Support stated:

“We are delighted to be able to continue to work in partnership with Cheshire East Council delivering such a vital service for young people. Watermill House works alongside young people to enable them to achieve their aims and aspirations, and maximise their opportunities within the local community and their accommodation. Together, we look forward to delivering collaborative, solution-based approaches with our young people, commissioners, partner agencies, community, volunteers and local businesses.

“In these challenging times it is vital for young people to see their community come together, working alongside one another for a  brighter future. On behalf of P3 and the team at Watermill House we would like to thank you all for your continued support and commitment to young people.”

P3 Service Coordinator Linda Brookes adds: 

“We work with young people to build the life-skills and maximise their independence required to enable them to go on to successfully manage their own home. We work alongside the young people rebuilding their confidence, resilience and life skills. By offering such bespoke, tailored support we enable young people to take control of their circumstances, fulfil their potential and lead happy lives.”

To find out more about P3 Charity and its young people’s service at Watermill House contact 01625 669629 or if you would like to make a referral go to our new online portal at:

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