Based in King’s Cross London, New Horizon Youth Centre supports over 1,000 young people experiencing homelessness each year to improve their wellbeing, change their economic circumstances and find somewhere that they can call home.
If housing is the hook for people to come to New Horizon then it is the holistic offer available in the Drop-in centre seven days a week that keeps them coming back, offering the stability and safety young people need to start getting their lives back on track.
Inevitably young people experiencing homelessness struggle to find the opportunities and support they need to get a foot on the career ladder but increasingly, especially given the lack of housing, finding work is one of the best ways to also get somewhere to live. 70% of the young people that come to New Horizon are not in work and so the Education, Employment and Training Team offer, with the support of funding from the Peter Cruddas Foundation, a package of support alongside opportunities to obtain accreditations throughout the week with workshops on essential numeracy, literacy, ESOL and life-skills.
The jobs hub runs three days a week, with one-to-one and group support on offer, employability skills training and live job and work experience vacancies listed each week. Young people are support to apply for National Insurance numbers and bank accounts as well as other forms of ID essential for work and help them to navigating the benefits system. The team also offer the emotional support that young people need to build confidence for when interviews eventually come – and are sometimes unsuccessful.
Each year 250 young people attend the jobs hub, booking in multiple tailored appointments with the team to work through everything from CV writing to dealing with benefit claims. Last year the team supported 228 young people of whom, 83 were supported back into education and 69 were supported to find employment and 230 young people attended accredited Independent Living and Employability Skills Workshops either during the week or as part of our education focused weekend programme.
For further information please visit nhyouthcentre.org.uk