Help homeless young people turn their lives around

by Carol Gallagher in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

£11,443

raised so far

+ est. £703.50 Gift Aid

39

supporters

For 25 years, we have transformed the lives of homeless young people in Warwickshire and any funds raised will continue to support our work.

by Carol Gallagher in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra funds raised will be used to support our Health and Wellbeing Service which offers a wide range of activities and workshops  to help young people succeed in their tenancies and provides opportunities to develop their independent living skills and future prospects as well as help to reduce social isolation.  

This Service also offers one to one sessions for clients with mental health or physical issues.

This service encourages clients to be involved in various in-house projects including fundraising, crafts, cooking, sexual health, Job Wise Employment Programme and gardening at our allotment and aims to increase confidence and mental wellbeing


National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

Our work with young people: 

Our Housing Needs Advisors offer homelessness prevention advice, deliver pre-tenancy workshops and help to find accommodation for approximately 400 referrals per year. Doorway works with local private landlords and our support workers visit young people weekly to help them develop the skills to live independently. Alongside this our well-being services offer employability skills training, gardening and cooking sessions, mental health support, AQA accredited modules and weekly health sessions. 

Our approach is as individual as each young person we see and provides both practical and emotional support accordingly. We have an average 85% of young people moving on positively from our services to live successful independent lives. 

Once young people are allocated accommodation with Doorway by our Advice Team, Support Workers help them learn independent living skills such as money management, debt and staying safe. They also provide deliveries of food through generous local donations and help with fuel bills. Emotional support is essential as there are waiting lists for mental health services unless a critical intervention is needed. Why we need your support: We have a fantastic team of 16 who are passionate about helping homeless young people to transform their lives. 14 of them work directly with young people daily with 10 full-time and 4 part-time at a time when needs have risen significantly.

Our statistics show that 45% of referrals between April 2020 and August 2021 identified mental health difficulties and these were often combined with other issues such as aggression, suicidal feeling, anxiety, stress, anger and hearing voices. There have also been behavioural problems with young people demonstrating anger and frustration. Those that we are seeing have multiple needs combined with low or no income and few employability skills.

Although we remained open and delivered essential face to face work throughout lockdowns, the full extent of the impact upon young people’s wellbeing became clearer when these rules were relaxed. Young people are struggling to learn independent living skills whilst coping with poor well-being and poor mental health.   

Ken Loach Doorway Patron “What Doorway does is hugely important and it's clear from the people who use the service just what an impact it has had on their lives.” 

Impact of coronavirus upon young people: 

The Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult for young people approaching Doorway. The impact of this has led to increased mental health challenges, difficulty in sustaining employment, substance misuse problems and social isolation as a result of lockdowns. With changes to the social security system, young people are really struggling with the Universal Credit cut and increased fuel and food bills which will rise even further in the coming months. The longer-term impact of coronavirus and the economic situation on those already facing disadvantage and inequality is becoming more acute and our services has never been more crucial. 

Our funding income has fallen in the last 12 months by approximately 20% and competition is intense with so many charities seeking to replace income as well as cancelled fundraising events. Our fundraiser left during the pandemic and there has been insufficient capacity to undertake this work. This campaign will help sustain our core work and ensure that we can continue our vital services and prevent young people from falling further into crisis.  

"Doorway saved my life! There is no way without your help I would be where I am today. I used skills I learned from you to set up bills, manage my money and start my course".

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Please help us raise awareness about homelessness by sharing this fundraiser with your friends, work colleagues and family. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us. 

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