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Lifeline for Aylesbury's young homeless people

Lifeline for Aylesbury's young homeless people

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:16pm 10th May 2018.

Young homeless people in Aylesbury will be offered a lifeline thanks to a new project. 

Thrive homes has given £750 to Youth Concern in Aylesbury and now the local charity are hoping to fundraise £250,000 which will fund a new service supporting those that need help. 

'The Next Step' project will specifically support the area's with a growing number of young homeless people.

Fran Borg-Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer of Youth Concern, said:

"We are thrilled to receive this grant from Thrive Homes as it will kick-start our campaign to raise funds for our exciting new youth homeless accommodation project, The Next Step.

"The number of young homeless people is growing but there is not enough sustained support for them in this area, so such a project is desperately needed to empower and enable our young people to rebuild their lives after homelessness.

"As a community, we need to pull together to respond to the issue of homelessness and help young people cope with the increasingly complex challenges they face."

They will provide accommodation for up to a year for 10 young people at a time. 

Alongside this they will tailor long term support around health, skills and employment, helping young people get back on their feet. 

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive Homes, said:

"We manage a number of affordable homes - for rent and for shared ownership - in Aylesbury, including a number that we have built as part of wider developments in recent years.

"As a social landlord, we are always keen to play our part and contribute to the local community, so we are pleased to be able to support Youth Concern and help them launch this exciting new project which looks set to transform many young people's lives in the years to come."

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