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New Horizon Youth Centre.
New Horizon Youth Centre.
This is no joke

This is no joke

Why we need your help

Aprils Fools Day is a time for pranks, jokes and funny stunts. But while Londoners laugh, many will be unaware that on that evening the last of the winter shelters closes and, with them, so do the some of the remaining options for young people who are sleeping rough.
Since the recession the number of people sleeping on the streets has risen dramatically with an increase of 169% over the last 10 years and up an astonishing 25% in London this last year. This part of the homelessness crisis is clear to everyone living here but beneath it lies a much bigger – and largely invisible – set of issues affecting young people struggling to get by.
Last year at New Horizon Youth Centre we supported 320 young people who told us they were or had been sleeping rough but their options are often severely limited especially when the shelters close. People are often shocked to hear that there is only a single emergency shelter open year round for the whole of London and it’s for this reason that, when asked what our biggest challenge is as an organisation, we answer without hesitation: finding accommodation for the young people who come through our doors. It’s no surprise that young people tell us that surviving is a talent.

April Fools Day is a time for pranks, jokes and funny stunts, but while Londoners enjoy themselves most will be unaware that 1st April is also the date that winter homelessness shelters close, leaving just a single emergency accommodation project serving the whole of London.

Since the recession the number of people sleeping on the streets has risen dramatically, with a 169% increase over the last decade and an astonishing 25% rise in London in the last year. This visible side of homelessness crisis is clear to everyone living here but beneath it lies a much bigger – and largely unseen – set of issues which specifically affect disadvantaged young people struggling to get by.

Last year at New Horizon Youth Centre over 300 of the 16-21 year olds we support told us they’d been sleeping rough due to severely limited housing options, especially after winter shelters close. People are often shocked to hear that there is just one emergency shelter open year round in London and it’s for this reason that, when asked what our biggest challenge is as an organisation, we answer without hesitation: finding a place to stay for those who come through our doors. It’s no surprise that young people tell us that surviving is a talent.

At New Horizon we have been doing everything we can to help; growing our Emergency Fund to pay for rooms in backpackers’ hostels and even taking on our own housing projects for the first time in our 50 year history, but to keep doing this we in turn need your help.

With April 1st on the horizon we are asking our supporters to join us in #thisisnojoke, doing something funny on the day - despite the seriousness of the issue - and raise money for our work supporting young people who have nowhere to call home. You might come to work in fancy dress, you might shave your head or might do a stand-up routine in the office.

Whatever it is, you can join our campaign and share online using #thisisnojoke, raising money while also raising awareness.

1st of April is nearly here but for homeless young people this is no joke.

Find out more about how we support young people.

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Apr 01, 2019

Janet

Great campaign in a good cause. Pleased to support.

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Mar 31, 2019

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Mar 31, 2019

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