We change the lives of hundreds of young people every year
The work we do, with our hosts, volunteers and partner agencies, gives those we help a new future.
In 2017-18 we:
- Helped 335 young people avoid homelessness
- Arranged 1,457 safe nights for emergency stays
- Helped 105 young people move on in their lives through our Supported Lodgings scheme
In 2017-18, 35 per cent of those we helped were just 16 or 17 years old. 77 per cent moved to permanent accommodation after using our services.
But statistics aren’t the real story.
What matters is the change we bring about for and within each individual. Most of the young people we help come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the issues which led to them becoming homeless will have built up over many years. They have often developed mental health problems and have poor educational attainment. They might have been in and out of care, or be an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child. Unpicking and addressing these issues takes commitment and intensive personal support for every young person who comes to us. By working with our hosts and other partners, this is what we achieve.
“There’s nothing I miss about my old life. It dragged me down all the time. I’m a lot happier with the way it is now. I’ve seen a big change in myself.” Oakley
These young people thought that they would never have stability, or anyone who would listen to them and help them. They leave our service with confidence and aspirations for their future.