Children’s charity launches service in Halifax to help homeless

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A national children’s charity is launcing a service to help young people at risk of homelessness in Halifax.

The Barnardo’s Futures service is is calling on people across the town to offer up a bedroom in their home to young people and support them so that they can live independently.

The service supports vulnerable young people who have been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

It provides ‘supported lodgings’ for those in need of stability and offers short term, emergency places for young people to stay after a crisis.

Jane Smith, managers at the futures service, said: “Vulnerable young people who do not have the support of a loving family run the risk of sleeping rough on the streets, which is a dangerous place to be.

“We urgently need people across Halifax to consider opening up their homes to young people who are in desperate need of accommodation.

“Being a supported lodging provider is a really rewarding role, you can help a young person to get back on track and move on to a brighter future.

“Seeing that young person grow in confidence and then move on to live indepently is a fantastic feeling.”

To support a lodger, you need to be patient, have a good sense of humour and understand the needs of young people.

A weekly fee of around £150 is paid and training and support are given.

For more details, contact a member of the team on 0113 258 0888.