£9,500 has been 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; counseling; 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 will also focus on young Irish men and women who are involved, or in danger of becoming involved, in sex working, have gang affiliations, are in prison or who have multiple needs. A culturally sensitive service will engage with young Irish women and men on the streets and in custody and aim to divert them to the centre-based service and the Women’s Open Space Project. It will access young people into appropriate housing and support them through resettlement work and introduce them to the in-house counseling and lifeskills training service. Regular prison visits will be made to young Irish people in custody with the aim of steering them towards appropriate services on their release before they are drawn into any street-based/criminal/gang-related or other potentially harmful activity.
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, counseling, peer education and training programmes that focus on young people between 16-21 as well as sex workers 16-35.