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Do you want to be at the forefront of changing young homeless people's lives for the better?
Do you want to be a player in preventing young people from getting stuck in a cycle of homelessness?
Are you someone with the talent to Boost Up the next generation, mentor them, and link them with their dreams and aspirations?
Then we want you to join us.
We have recently secured funding from the Greater London Authority for an exiting and innovative new scheme, entitled 'Boost Up Young Homeless Londoners'. The scheme is designed to dramatically increase access to housing for young homeless Londoners at the same time as radically improving their prospects for the future.
There is a very real and urgent need for an increase in provision for young homeless Londoners, for the following reasons:
If you are homeless and between the ages of 18-25, your access to housing is minimal, and it is very likely that you will get stuck in a cycle of homelessness.
This is because the amount of housing benefit you are awarded at this age by local authorities is far lower than what you will be awarded if you are older. This means that young people are unable to afford rents in the city, and they remain homeless for a long period of time.
A generation of young, homeless Londoners are unable to rent in London, unable to stay in the communities they grew up in. Aspirations are crushed, futures put in jeopardy. We know that young people have inspiring ambitions for themselves, compassion for others, and a love for their city. We want to prevent these qualities from being eroded.
You will be at the forefront of making that happen.
The project works in the following stages:
Experience essential for the role
Preferred but not essential experience
35 hours a week.
Because of the availability of some of our clients (many are in college in the daytime), we would prioritise applicants who would be able to commit to the following:
3 weekday day shifts (8am-4pm), one evening shift (4pm-11pm) and one weekend day shift (8am-4pm).
3 weekday day shifts (8am-4pm) and two evening shifts (4pm-11pm).
Dates are negotiable and applicant must be open to change of shift if other formats end up working better.
12 July 23:59. Interested Applicants are advised to apply early with a CV and cover letter. CVs sent without cover letters will not be considered.
An immediate start is preferred.
'Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I can't stop smiling'
So said one of our clients a few years ago, as she left our centre with her suitcase, on her way to her new flat. A few months prior she had been sleeping rough outside a block of flats off Edgware Road. Today she wakes up and walks to her work along the Thames, where her flat is based. It was a great day.
And you can be part of that. You can make that happen.
At Ashford Place, we run a project, unique to London, a direct access day and night centre that is open 365 days a year. Its goal is to provide emergency shelter for up to 30 rough sleepers a night, providing them with the support needed to move into long-term accommodation and address their underlying needs.
This project is entering its 5th year, and in that time have provided emergency accommodation for over 400 homeless people. They have come from every corner of the planet, with so many different stories and journeys, but the same ambition: To live a better and more prosperous life.
For an experience of diversity, there is no better place in the UK, as we have people from the all over the world including Eastern Europeans, Africans, South East Asians, and recent refugees from the conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, and Sudan. The people you meet, the stories they will tell, the peace you will get from the environment and the good you will feel in yourself for doing this, none of it can be overstated enough.