What We Do
The first stop for End Youth Homelessness is to provide shelter and stable living conditions for these young people.
Rough sleeping, sofa surfing and living in temporary B&B accommodation only adds to the chaos of these young peoples lives, severely impacting on their physical and mental health and not putting them in good stead for succession in education or employment. Last year EYH charities housed over 3,500 young people and helped many more homeless young people to secure a safe place to live. EYH charities provide a wide variety of accommodation, catering to the differing level of need of the young people they support. Some charities provide tailored support for specific groups, such as young parents or young people leaving the care system.
One of the most pressing issues facing homeless young people is poor physical and mental health.
Living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, in addition to a lack of a regular income means that many young people struggle to eat healthily, maintain personal hygiene, exercise regularly or access professional health advice. They are also more likely to be involved in dangerous behaviour such as substance misuse or self-harm.
In most cases, even if the young person is motivated to follow a healthy lifestyle, they do not know how to. Mental and physical health problems can create barriers to accessing further education, employment and training. In order for young people to move on to successful and independent lives, it is essential that they access health services and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
End Youth Homelessness organisations provide a wide range of services to tackle physical and mental health problems; enabling young people to access NHS services, supporting young people to manage pre-existing conditions and working with young people to deal with any substance or alcohol mis-use.
Homeless young people are more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) than other young people.
The disruption caused by unstable home lives and temporary living conditions can mean that many drop out of school or college and attain far fewer qualifications than the average young person. With few qualifications and often little work experience, securing paid employment is often out of reach for homeless young people. Yet we know that each young person has their own talents, dreams and aspirations. EYH charities provide a wide range of services to enable young people to work towards their own goals. This might be completing GCSE’s or A-Level, accessing a work experience placement or applying for university. This is a vital step along the journey towards a successful and independent life.
Many homeless young people lack the knowledge and skills needed to live independently, which in many cases may directly contribute to their state of homelessness.
Chaotic family lives, years spent in the care system and a lack of positive role models can result in young people lacking the basic understanding necessary to manage a tenancy, budget their income or even cook a healthy meal. EYH charities ensure that the young people are working towards being able to live successful independent lives. EYH charities provide young people with a variety of support from helping them to budget for their monthly living costs, how to cook a healthy meal and what their rights and responsibilities are as a tenant. Some young people may have more specific support needs, for example young parents may need to learn how to baby- proof their home and how to access nurseries. Each young person has a unique set of needs and EYH charities aim to address those needs to ensure that they can move forward into an adult life.
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