Youth homelessness in the UK affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. Young people become homeless for a number of reasons but the common causes are family breakdown, bereavement, mental health issues and a history of abuse. Because of this they have complex needs which require a package of bespoke support.
Each young person who arrives at Depaul UK has different challenges which they need to overcome to leave homelessness behind and achieve safety and stability in their lives. We offer emergency accommodation and longer term housing and accommodation services for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Everything we do is led by the young person and the support is tailored to their needs. When relationships break down, we provide support and mediation to keep families together. Mental health issues like anxiety, depression and self-harm can be a barrier to moving forwards. We work with young people to plan and overcome these barriers at the start of their journey with us.
Our tailored support leads to greater resilience, improved confidence and increased aspirations. This in turn opens up opportunities for young people to access education, training and employment opportunities, which will give them independence and a sense of fulfillment.
Our prevention work in schools can prevent homelessness and help young people safely navigate future challenges and give them the best possible start in life.