Stage of development: Complete
Policy sector: Homelessness
Date outcomes contract signed: May 2017
Start date of service provision: May 2017
Anticipated completion date: May 2020
Actual completion date: Dec 2020
Capital raised (minimum): GBP 177.58k (USD 228.55k)
Service users: 262 individuals
‘Be the Change’ is a radical new intervention designed to help homeless and unemployed young people who are going through particularly difficult times in their lives. It is based on Mayday's Personal Transitions Services (PTS), a highly flexible "assets-based" approach that focuses on identifying people's strengths and then providing the personalised support they need to achieve their educational, training and employment aspirations. Unlike many homelessness programmes, it uses normal housing rather than hostels or supported accommodation, in the belief that this helps the young people to live more independently, build new support networks and break the cycle of dependency.
Young adults aged 18 - 30 who are NEET, homeless, a priority for Local Authority support but unable to be accommodated in a supported housing scheme (due to previous difficulties in or eviction from supported housing, ongoing substance misuse, significant mental health issues, medium/low learning disability or ‘personality disorders’ but not eligible under the Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) criteria, lack of available specialist supported accommodation to step down from registered care or hospital) and living in Northamptonshire.
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