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Greater London Lieutenancy representative meets young residents

Greater London Lieutenancy representative meets young residents

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London representative in London the Borough of Hounslow, Deputy Lieutenant Maria Pedro DL, attended St Margaret’s House resident meeting to meet the young people living there and share her own experiences of growing-up in care. St Margaret’s is one of Shepherds Bush Housing Group's supported accommodation services for young people.

Maria explained how she overcame challenges to go on to have a successful career and personal life. Her inspiring message reminded residents that it’s possible to achieve your dreams whatever your circumstances.

At the end of her talk Maria answered questions and offered to be a mentor or meet with any individual residents who would like to chat with her informally on-to-one.

Maria said: “I attended the official opening of St Margaret’s House two years ago and returned to see how the young people are getting on there. Someone like me who grew up in care and has had personal experiences like them could encorage them that it is still possible to live a productive life even if you’ve had a difficult home-life.”

St Margaret’s senior team manager Deanne Straker said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Maria for attending our residents meeting.  She truly was inspirational.  A number of the young people said they found her speech touching.”

St Margaret’s is a 26 home development in Chiswick for young people aged 16 to 21. Each resident has their own self-contained flat and receives support from the dedicated staff who help residents develop their life-skills, access training or employment and prepare to move on into independent living.