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.
£9,500 was awarded for their Irish Youth Project: a contribution towards the provision of a holistic model of support. The project focuses on Irish men and women who are involved, or are in danger of becoming involved in sex work, are in prison and/or who have multiple and complex needs. It gives young people access into appropriate housing and supports them through resettlement work and also introduces many of these young people to the in-house counselling service and various therapy programme and works with them on their mental and physical health issues, supporting them to attend A & Es, sexual health clinics, job interviews, court appearances and other essential appointments.
Since July 2017, New Horizon’s work on the streets, in prisons & YOIs, hospitals and courts has helped a total of 170 young people identifying themselves as Irish or of Irish descent. It has provided access into accommodation, support with benefits, counselling and primary health care. It worked with each individual, supporting them to move on in their young lives. For more information on the work of New Horizon Youth Centre visit their website.