The Wallich and Morgan Academy are co-supervising a new PhD project called ‘Big Ideas in a Micro Village: Evaluating a young person’s supported housing project in Llanelli’.

Successful candidate Sara O’Shea graduated with a Master of Social Studies: Communities, Families and Individuals with first-class honours in June 2017. In addition to this she has achieved a Higher National Diploma in Public Services, as well as two National Vocational Awards that she undertook during a nine-year career in the social care sector.

The proposed project aims to provide a unique model of service provision to young adults with complex needs. The service will integrate supported housing with zero carbon development and will consist of a number of small individual accommodation units as well as several indoor and outdoor communal areas. Ultimately, the project intends to offer young people a therapeutic living environment that helps to build positive relationships, develop skills and improve health and well-being in a holistic and environmentally sustainable way.

Sara said “I am very excited to be part of such an interesting and important area of research. I was drawn to this PhD because it combined my desire to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people with my interest in environmental sustainability. I believe that the project has the potential to be a pioneering and transformative model of service provision and feel privileged to be undertaking such a pivotal role in its evaluation process. I am really looking forward to working with the Morgan Academy and The Wallich, and hope that this research will contribute to future policy change and ultimately help to improve outcomes for young people with complex needs as well as the environment”.

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