Birmingham to ‘End Youth Homelessness'
- 11 Oct
Birmingham City Council is the first city to adopt a ‘collective approach' in a national campaign against youth homelessness.
Announced by St Basils, one of seven charities nationwide who have joined forces with businesses and health professional, the campaign is aimed to ‘End Youth Homelessness'.
Private and public sectors in Birmingham are now pledging their support for the campaign which aims to give people better access to housing options, healthcare, education, training and jobs, reports 24 Dash.
Councillor Steve Bedser, Birmingham City Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "Our young people deserve every opportunity to develop and flourish and the city council is delighted to be working with St Basils and other partners from across the city to support this campaign."
St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and on average help 4,500 people per year.
St Basils say that a collective response is needed so that the number of opportunities they can offer in terms of mentoring, placements and apprenticeships to ensure young people can gain skills and employment is increased.
St Basils chief executive Jean Templeton said: "We know that adolescence and early adulthood is a challenging time for young people, whether or not they have a supportive family. Youth unemployment is at record levels; access to affordable housing which is safe and decent is increasingly difficult; and both our minimum wage and welfare system assume that young people will be better able to manage on limited resources than those with more experience. If the transition to adulthood is to be a positive one, we need to ensure that we collectively support our young people, particularly those who are most vulnerable or have limited access to personal and family support."
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