KNowhere to go

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NIYF have launched the kNowhere to Go? report – a peer approach to preventing homelessness in NI which included interviews with more than 40 young people across Northern Ireland who have experienced homelessness and understand the issues and barriers facing young people at risk of or currently homelessness.

The report was produced as part of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) Change Project – a collaboration with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, funded by the Department for Communities to build the capacity of young people aged 16-25 who have experienced homelessness or have been in care.

As well as a single online help service, the report calls for educational workshops on homelessness to be delivered in schools, support and training for teachers and youth workers, an awareness campaign to end the stigma of homelessness and a freephone helpline and signposting service for young people at risk.

The report details the stigma surrounding homelessness which prevents young people from admitting they are in trouble. It also highlights the lack of information in schools about homelessness and recommends that it should be part of the curriculum.

Contact info@niyf.org for a full copy of the report