VOTE for Step by Step in the Aviva Community Fund

Friday 21st October 2016

We need YOUR votes!

Step by Step have reached the public voting stage in the Aviva Community Fund awards and now we need your help. We are hoping to receive a £25,000 award from the Aviva Community Fund with which we intend to employ a part-time team member to expand our Youth AIMS service to support younger people age 11+.

Youth AIMS is an open access service, offering guidance to young people (16-25) and their families on matters such as housing, homelessness, money and debt management, relationships and employment. It is often the first point of contact for young people accessing Step by Step services.

The Youth AIMS project helps to prevent youth homelessness by providing support to young people that addresses both crisis situations, and the underlying issues that bring these about. The project addresses concerns and supports young people to access appropriate services/organisations, or emergency accommodation. It empowers young people to build on their strengths, assisting them in acquiring tools and resilience to manage challenges, and to build a successful future.

Our aim is to expand this provision to younger people aged 11-16 by appointing a part-time Youth AIMS worker to provide drop-in information, guidance and signposting. Additionally, this expansion could allow for outreach sessions to be delivered in youth/community groups, with partner agencies, and within schools. By intervening at an early age we can help to prevent existing problems from escalating, such as the 91% of referrals to family mediation resulting in improved family relationships. Early access to appropriate education and training opportunity results in young people uncovering their aspirations and receiving one to one assistance to support them in considering their own pathway towards achieving those aspirations.

To support us in this, please click here and vote for us today.

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