We are excited to announce the London Youth Gateway – a new partnership tackling youth homelessness across the capital.
Funded by London Councils* as its only youth homelessness commission, the London Youth Gateway offers pan-London services to young people, aged 16-25, in housing need.
This partnership between New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing, each established providers of services to young homeless people, combines the resources of a day centre, specialist advice services, emergency accommodation and an LGBT organisation. We therefore provide holistic support, covering:
We are confident that this joint approach can help the most hard to reach young Londoners and make it easier for young people across the capital to get the help that they need.
Director New Horizon Youth Centre
Shelagh O'Connor further added that youth homelessness is a big issue in a city as diverse as London, involving many complex issues and causes. She believes New Horizon Youth Centre will be better equipped to tackle this problem head on by joining forces in every London borough.
Partnership working in this way means that someone who initially comes to us because they need somewhere to stay that night will be automatically given access to a wider range of services to help them rebuild their life and find long term accommodation, such as vocational training or mental health counselling.
The London Youth Gateway plans to work with more than 8,000 young people over the next two years.
*London Councils is committed to fighting for more resources for London and getting the best possible deal for London’s 33 councils. To read about London Councils’ grants funding and the work of some of the groups we support please visit their website.
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