New Horizon Youth Centre

“Laura is a 19 year old Irish woman living in London.   She attempted suicide at 16 and ran away from the home she lived in with her mother.  She was taken into care by her local council and then moved in and out of psychiatric institutions until she turned 18.  Then she was first put in a low support youth hostel but was again sectioned after only a few months.

She lost her place in the hostel and ended up sofa surfing, riding night buses and sleeping rough on the streets.

In January 2017 she was referred to the Irish Youth Project and after a couple of weeks it managed to get her into a winter night shelter.

Laura now works part-time doing agency jobs like house cleaning, bar work and factory.

She is working with our Employment, Education and Training team about applying for more permanent work that would give her a stable wage to afford private rented property. Laura has also been attending our counselling service and we have managed to get her engaged with a psychiatric service (The Brandon Centre) for young people who have been helping her deal with her mental health issues. Laura is involved in several positive activities at New Horizon Youth Centre which have developed her social skills and confidence.”

Since July 2016, through its work on the streets, in prisons & YOIs, hospitals and courts, New Horizon has worked with 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, 1:1 key working etc. It worked with each individual, supporting them to move on in their young lives.