WF2017 Charity: Herts Young Homeless
A roof over our head and the support of a loving family is something many of us take for granted but right now hundreds of people in Hertfordshire are facing the realities of homelessness.
Last year, Herts Young Homeless (hyh) worked with over 2,200 vulnerable people who were homeless or at risk of becoming so, providing vital support and helping them get their lives back on track. “I feel like you didn’t give up on me like everyone else. People can see I’ve changed.”
Our focus is on preventing homelessness – from education in schools and mediation for families in crisis, through to providing emergency accommodation for a young person in a volunteer’s home or supporting adults who have mental health needs and housing issues.
hyh’s services empower young people to be able to deal with the difficult situations in their lives, give them the ability and confidence to ‘do it themselves’ and ultimately find stability. Just £25 can prevent a young person from sleeping rough by giving them somewhere safe and secure to stay as part of our Nightstop Herts service.
Katie, who has learning difficulties, was asked to leave the family home by her Mum when their relationship broke down due to repeated arguments about the way the teenager was spending her money. hyh found Katie a placement in an accredited volunteer’s home. While there, Katie continued her part-time job and also enrolled on a course to help her with English, Maths and other functional skills.
Over a two-week period Katie’s relationship with her Mum began to improve. Sessions with the hyh Mediation Team were arranged and these helped Mum and Katie to talk through their differences. When Katie returned home, the family found communication was easier and they were arguing less.
To find out how you can make a difference for people like Katie, go to www.hyh.org.uk