BYH needs £500 to continue to offer Centrepoint Lifewise training to our volunteers - all local young people who are or have been homeless.
Broxtowe Youth Homelessness is a small, Stapleford based charity that does BIG things for young homeless people. Much of our work is in preventing homelessness; talking to students in secondary schools about the common causes and consequences of homelessness and how to get help at the earliest opportunity. The thing that makes our prevention work so successful is the peer educators - a team of motivated, inspiring and generally awesome young people who have all experienced homelessness. These individuals tell their own stories to young people in schools, challenging stereotypes and showing the realities of youth homelessness.
We train and support our young people, aiming to offer them formal qualification and preparation for independence as well as a place to belong and a true sense of their own value.
Over the last year or so we have partnered with national homelessness charity Centrepoint to begin to deliver Lifewise, a series of workshops which offer practical skills for young people preparing to move on, survive on a budget and live healthily. The workshops are a great opportunity for our peer educators to work together, gain skills, build confidence in moving on from homelessness and to gain accreditation.
Centrepoint subsidise the cost of the training to make it possible for smaller partners to benefit but, due to pressures on their own funding, have had to reintroduce a £500 minimum annual charge to cover their own costs. As a small charity (there are only 6 of us - all part time) we just don't have the money readily available and need your help if we are to continue with this worthwhile part of our project...