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Why we do it

Young people leaving care are faced with numerous obstacles and difficulties as they transition to adulthood.

of care leavers become homeless in the first two years after they leave care

Difficult transitions to adulthood

Young people leaving the care system are faced with numerous obstacles and difficulties as they transition to adulthood. With a lack of support available, this puts them at a high risk of experiencing a range of poor life outcomes from homelessness and poor mental health to unemployment and the cycle of debt.
young people are at risk of homelessness in the UK

A lack of services for young adults

Resources are ploughed into supporting care-experienced young people in temporary housing and hostels, often with additional support offers, up until the age of 18 – but when they age out of these systems, young people abruptly lose access to this additional support and are expected to fend for themselves. Without the right support, young people fall into the cycle of debt, eviction, and then homelessness.
1 in 3
young people felt like they left care too early

No support network to rely on

For most young people moving out is a positive choice, taken when they feel ready to live on their own and with the support of their family. But many care-experienced people don’t have strong support networks to fall back on. Without practical advice, emotional support, and financial safety nets, this can feel like a ‘cliff edge’ when they’re expected to adapt to living independent overnight.

The support that everyone deserves

Our programme focuses on providing intensive 1:1 coaching support and creating a dependable relationship that empowers young people to create lasting change in their own lives and avoid the devastating impacts of poverty, eviction, and homelessness.