‘YouthHub is a place where I can be myself’

Group of young people and members of ‘Street Law Project’, YHNE, 2018


Our  YouthHub sessions to help young people at risk of homelessness kicked off yesterday in Mea House (Newcastle) as part of our project ‘every young person has the right to a home’. A big group of young people between 14-25 years old spoke openly about how to tackle challenges they might face such as healthy eating or mental health problems.

Our Youth Engagement Trainer, Jennie Clark, opened the session with brief introduction of five ways of wellbeing and how those can help young people with their mental health problems such as depression or anxiety and their self-understanding. During this first YouthHub we also had the participation of our Young Builder of 2018, Zinnia Louise, as well as the volunteering law students of the ‘Street Law Project’ and their coordinator, Jenny Johnstone, from Newcastle University. Johnstone and her group will use the data collected from these sessions to produce a young people friendly video and information about their rights under the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Very positive experience

Participants as Laura (false name) highlighted the importance of these sessions to help young people at risk of homelessness ‘it is the first time I am coming, and I have to say that the experience has been very positive for me. Talking to other people with the same issue has helped me to be myself without worrying about what others say’.

Jack (false name) joked that YouthHub sessions are a great place to ‘have very nice pizza and drinks while you are talking to other people’ and pointed out that ‘for me the key thing is that we are small groups which help us a lot to gain confidence and create a strong relationship based on trust’. Mike (false name) argued that ‘these activities are a great opportunity to raise awareness about the issues that young people at risk of homelessness are facing. We want to show the rest of young people with the same problem that they are not alone and we are here to help each other’.

The next YouthHub session will be on the 21st of November in Middlesbrough between 17:30 and 19:30pm where all young people are welcome to assist and find how they make a difference. From Youth Homeless North East we would like to thank all young people who assisted yesterday as well as the rest of participants.

Read more about our YouthHub project here

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