Your Space is a project that works specifically with homeless young people and those who are at risk in the borough. These young people who present as homeless or are identified as at risk are those who then run a further risk of ‘disappearing’ from our communities altogether. With very little support or guidance available to them, this group needs the intervention and support of the dedicated staff and resource of Ynot Aspire the most.
Our borough has limited emergency provision for homeless young people. Whilst this is a wonderful and much needed haven, the key issue is that spaces are limited and young people need to know their options and have someone working closely with them to assist them and be there for them during this very difficult time. Through our funding from Hyndburn Borough Council’s Housing Advice Team, we are able to offer a single point of contact for these young people. We team them up with one of our amazing volunteers to offer them one-to-one support when they need it most.
In 2014, Ynot Aspire worked directly with 15 homeless young people in the 16-25 age group who had found themselves forced out of the local area when emergency accommodation/shelter was unavailable. When this happens, it leaves those young people not only vulnerable but also unsupported and cut off from any sense of normality.
We have helped young people with:
- Getting Housing Benefit and other benefits put in place
- Improving family relationships and removing the threat of homelessness
- Putting support in place to help sustain their tenancy
- Re-engaging in education/training or employment
We are also now extending our mentoring service to any young person who feels that they would benefit from some extra support such as:
- To reduce the risk of isolation
- Help with accessing services or activities
- Someone to talk to in confidence
Our trained mentors are here to offer a listening ear and a supportive arm to those young people who need it.
If you or a young person you are working with is homeless or at risk of becoming so, or feel that they could benefit from the support that one-to-one mentoring can offer, then please contact us on 01254 352592, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the online referral form from the link below.