Regional Champions

Youth Homeless NE have enlisted the support of four member organisations who will act as Regional Champions across the four sub regions of the North East. The Regional Champions support the engagement of young people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness in the work strands of Youth Homeless NE and to ensure their views, experiences and ideas inform the development of policy and provision of services in preventing and addressing youth homelessness.

Regional Champions support a hub and spoke structure with the Regional Champions taking on the role of hub to wider Youth Homeless NE members who are encouraged to link their young people into planned activity.  Regional Champions do not have the capacity to take a more active role in linking in Youth Homeless NE members, the onus is upon members to engage.

Our Regional Champions are:

Barnardos – Northumberland

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Offers a service to young people aged 16 to 21, living in Northumberland who may be homeless, or at risk of homelessness, but who do not wish, or are not eligible, to receive housing support from other agencies, including Crash Pad, Supported Lodgings, Floating Support to teenage parents and young people who are homeless or in need of support. In addition three workers are seconded to the local authority, working in partnership with Northumberland Children’s Services as Missing Children’s Social Worker, Moving On Project Accommodation worker and Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Mentoring Project.

Including LINKS   Tel: Provides supported accommodation in Hexham for young people who are homeless who are aged 16-25

 

Community Campus – Tees Valley

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Community Campus ’87 is a community based social enterprise formed in 1987 by a group of young people to address the emerging crisis of youth homelessness in Teesside.

Community Campus ’87 has grown and developed and now has aims to achieve a broader impact.

  • Working to reduce homelessness
  • Promote inclusion
  • Help people achieve their potential
  • Help create a fair and just society
  • Support development within our local communities
  • Provide innovative solutions to the challenges we face
  • Work in a sustainable fashion
  • Community Campus ’87 provides;
  • Housing, support and resettlement services
  • Personal development, learning and training opportunities
  • Construction training and building services
  • And works in Teesside, regionally, nationally and with international partners

Community Campus ’87 offers young people a participative role in determining their present and future housing and personal development opportunities, through it’s supported housing, resettlement and youth lead services. The aim is to address the needs of the individual alongside group development.

Youth Educators - Durham

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Youth Educators project

The Project trains young people, who have a history of homelessness or offending, in Peer Education. Once trained, the Youth Educators are supported to plan and then deliver sessions to staff, professionals and other young people about their personal experiences, with the aim of raising the links between homelessness and offending. The sessions offer Youth Educators the opportunity to explain their experiences in their own way, which will hopefully give them confidence, and inform practice.

Outcomes/Benefits

  • Young people gain qualifications and relevant work experience they can add to their CV
  • Allows young people to use their experiences to positively educate others
  • Challenges negative stereotypes surrounding homelessness and offending
  • Empowers young people to challenge social injustice
  • Informs people of the realities of homelessness/offending
  • Campaigns for professionals to consider policy surrounding this group of service users
  • Informs young people of their rights and responsibilities as citizens

If you would like a referral form for the Youth Educators then please click here 

Please return the completed Youth Educators forms to:

Youth Educators,
Centrepoint,
21 Foyle Street
Sunderland
SR1 1LE

Youth Independence Forum – Newcastle into Tyne and Wear

Youth Independence Forum

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The Youth Independence Forum facilitated by Youth Voice, is an opportunity for young people who have experience of homelessness or housing issues.  The aim is to get young people’s voices heard by service providers and decision makers, so their opinions help improve services for Young People in our city.

 

 

 

The aims of the YIF are to;

• Create opportunities for young people to have a say on what is being done for young homeless people;

• Gives a voice to the young homeless, young people living independently and those who are in the care system;

• Ensure that when decisions are being made that affect youth homelessness, housing and support we can let young people know, ask what they think, then tell the people who make the decisions;

• Discuss issues affecting young people and investigate ways to support young people with these issues;

• Help staff and young people learn from each other;

• Remove barriers to young people getting involved and build confidence;

• Raise profile with service providers and decision makers.

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Youth Homeless North East
Broadacre House
Market St
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6HQ

Tel: 0191 230 4666

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