Getting into accommodation is only the first step to tackling homelessness.

Everyone needs a bit of help to learn the skills needed to maintain a home, budget and manage finances, and find jobs, education and training opportunities. Many young Londoners don’t have the support structures to teach them about these things or help them reach their ambitions, so our Life Skills offer is a crucial part of our offer.

To access our life skills support and activities, you need to make a self-referral or come to our day centre. Information about how to do that is here.

Our Life Skills team can help you with:

Jobs, education and training

Helping you find the right opportunities and equipping you with the resources and skills you need to take advantage of them.

Housing and financial skills

This crucial part of our offer can help you to:

  • – Improving your independent living skills, including budgeting, cooking, understanding your bills, shopping, and basic maintenance
  • – Resources to make your house a home, including furniture and moving support as well as financial help
  • – Supporting you to make the most of your money and help with your benefits

Develop your skills and confidence


  • – Helping you with advocacy, phone calls and appointments when you need it
  • – Developing your confidence and self-esteem, and helping you to get your voice heard
  • – Communicating with other professionals around you, such as social workers, teachers, probation, or police
  • – Finding the activities you love, being creative, connecting with other young people and helping you reach your goals for the future

Fun activities, trips and workshops


  • – A weekly space in the day centre for anyone who identifies as a woman
  • – A group for anyone who identifies as a man
  • – Football and other sports
  • – Drama and music, including access to our recording studio
  • – Art workshops
  • – Trips out to the theatre, cinema and other fun activities
  • – A regular youth forum so you can shape our service


In 2021-22 our Life Skills team’s impact included:

173 young people engaged in Life Skills programme
168 young people helped to gain jobs, education and training
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58 young people supported into education and training
78 Independent Living Workshops delivered
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106 attended Communication and Relationship skills workshops
135 joined our remote Life Skills sessions

Team overview

Our Life Skills work is delivered by a team who come from all backgrounds. We understand the impact homelessness has on young people; some of our staff have experienced it themselves. They have decades of learning how to support young people set and reach their goals.

The team includes:


  • 3 jobs, education and training advisors
  • 6 youth workers
  • 2 independent living workers
  • 1 head of life skills
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