Aside from the dozens of young people we see every day out our centre, NHYC's Youth Outreach Project also works with vulnerable young people on the streets and in prison.
We encourage young people on the streets to come to New Horizon for support with accommodation and jobs, as well as specialised help for example around substance misuse or family mediation. They can also access one-to-one support, counselling and get medical help, food and showers/laundry as well as attending men’s and women’s groups to talk about their issues. The YOP team also offer specific support around Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation.
We also visit young offenders in prison to try and help them avoid either becoming homeless upon release or having to return to the circumstances that led them to commit crime in the first place. For many of the young people we work with NHYC staff are the only people who visit them.
We work across London and will support clients throughout moves to other areas, both in the secure estate and in prison. We try to find them whatever support they need to get housed, into employment and to address whatever mental or physical health issues they may have.
Finally our YOP team deliver workshops on sexual exploitation, running away from home and homelessness prevention across London via youth clubs, schools and other places where young people congregate.