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September
2015
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15:30
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New and improved Mount Pleasant opens

Mayor of Camden Council, Councillor Larraine Revah, was joined by residents when she officially opened Mount Pleasant, a state of the art facility for single homeless people who need support recently.

The 50 units of modern studio accommodation and training rooms provide vital stability for Camden’s most vulnerable residents, and help them move on to independent living and get into work.

The former hostel in Holborn, built 100 years ago as part of a workhouse, has undergone an impressive transformation. The redevelopment is part of the Council’s Community Investment Programme (CIP), our 15-year plan to invest much needed money into schools, homes and community facilities.

The Mayor said: “It’s a complete refurbishment of this hostel that now provides high quality accommodation and a safe environment for vulnerable people.”

“I spoke to many residents at the opening who told me they were so happy with the facility, and how it will help them build their independent learning skills.”

Cllr Julian Fulbrook, Holborn and Covent Garden ward councillor and chair of the Mount Pleasant community council, said: “I’m really proud of this facility for its architecture and innovation that enables us to provide a service that treats people with respect.”

Current resident Francis Meert (pictured) had worked as a chef for many years, but after serious ill health he lost his job and became homeless.

With support from staff he has improved his own skills as well as helping other residents improve theirs, and even managed the catering for the opening event.

“The staff were really supportive in finding an appropriate course to get the tools that I needed to finally push my career further,” said Francis. Now he is set to rebuild his life with a job and his own flat.

Stacey Crump moved to Mount Pleasant following a breakdown and becoming homeless. With the help of her support worker, she has made steady progress towards independence.

“I love it here, the staff are fantastic,” she said. “It’s made me push myself to get a lot better. I’m gradually getting back into work and just want to move forward.” Her next goal is to get her own flat.

Former resident Rebwar returned to the studios as photographer for the opening event.