Bath YFC is working alongside Bath YMCA to address some of the needs of young homeless people in Bath and North East Somerset. The work is still developing and is a response to research carried out by Kat Lazenby as part of a partnership between Bath YFC and St. John’s Foundation, during 2014-15. Following the research Kat produced a report, which was presented to the community, statutory and voluntary sector. It can be downloaded by clicking here..
‘Homelessness was more than just the lack of a house; it was about having a lack of stability and proper base from which to lead their life. Importantly, it was also about a lack of support and not having family around you. It was also feeling tired and frustrated and ending up in conflict with people around you. It was also associated with having a lack of money and literally not being able to afford essentials like food’ (Quilgars, Fitzpatrick & Pleace, 2011)
Since publishing the report Bath YFC and Bath YMCA have been working together to respond to the needs of young homeless people in the following ways.
We are working closely with Bath YMCA to develop a Bath Nightstop:
- Through a network of Volunteer Hosts who will offer a warm room to stay in their own home, an evening meal, breakfast, support and compassion
- Volunteer Hosts will be supported by a Bath Nightstop Host Coordinator and Key worker, receive training and will be paid expenses for the cost of the meals that they provide
- The Host coordinator and key worker will support young people who are at risk of becoming homeless by giving them independent expert advice, helping them to return home where this is possible, supporting them when and where they need it and securing a safe place to stay through the Host Network when no one else can help
- Bath YMCA and Bath Youth for Christ (Bath YFC) will work closely to develop ongoing support and longer term accommodation for those who need it.
If you are interested in hosting please get in touch with Kat by emailing her.
We are working towards:
Support for young people to through the provision of an open space to connect, get support, advice and guidance
For you people affected by homelessness, where life can be chaotic and finding people who they can depend on tricky Bath YFC is creating a space for young people affected by homelessness to connect with professionals who can support them, build connections and find out how to get the help they need. This piece of work is still in development and will be launching in early 2018.
Support for young people to become all they can be through long term mentoring.
All of us need others to walk life with us, sometimes for a short period of time, sometimes for a little longer. The mentoring for young people affected by homelessness will link a trusted adult mentor with a young person. The mentor will provide a listening ear, support and encouragement for the young person. This will be a safe place for the young person to build relationship that will provide ongoing support even after the young person has moved on from the accommodation.
To find out more about our developing work with young people affected by homelessness please contact Kat Lazenby on 01225 336055 or email her.