2015 IYF Grant was awarded for the Irish Youth Project: contribution towards salary costs of providing a holistic model of support including lifeskills, literacy and numeracy, drug and alcohol advice, counselling, physical and mental health primary care, connection to services in participant’s home area; securing ID; and primarily a listening and non-judgmental ear in a warm and safe environment.
The project with a focus on Irish men and women who are involved, or in danger of becoming involved, in sex working, are in prison or who have multiple needs.
A culturally sensitive service will engage with young Irish women and men on the streets and on release from prison aiming to aim to divert them to the centre-based service and the Women’s Open Space Project where they can be supported through resettlement.
Over the past year, the project has utilised internal and external partnerships to reach more vulnerable children and young adults across London than was previously possible through a mix of street outreach sessions, by supporting project participants within the day centre and through the delivery of schools’ workshops.
New Horizon Youth Centre provides a 7 day a week service including advice and tenancy sustainment as well as facilities such as food, laundry, showers and clothes store to young homeless people from 16-21 years old.
The street outreach team complements the day centre services and operates in the boroughs of Camden and Islington. Projects provided in-house include drugs education, literacy & numeracy training, basic skills training, counselling, peer education and training programmes that focus on young people between 16-21 as well as sex workers 16-35.