Can you help us to Open Doors for Young People?
6,223 YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH EAST WERE HOMELESS LAST YEAR
This week sees the launch of our Open Doors 2018 appeal to help young people in the south east this Christmas who are facing adversity including homelessness. With your help we aim to make it extra special for everyone living with us at Step by Step over the festive season and beyond into 2019.
Research released by Centrepoint estimates 103,000 young people in the UK asked for help from their local council in 2017/18 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
We believe that no one deserves to be homeless, especially at Christmas.
Our open doors appeal not only enables us to safely accommodate young people that may otherwise have nowhere else to turn, but it also enables us to have specialist staff on hand 24 hours a day to deal with the many emotional challenges that young people have to face every day and especially at Christmas.
Young people like Ben, who had a complex and turbulent relationship with his father, was asked to leave the family home but had nowhere and no one to turn to. He didn’t have family he could rely on or friends that could put him up. He turned to us. Ben spent Christmas 2017 with us and will also be with us this year.
‘It was the best Christmas I’ve ever had. We’re like a family here.'
Through our counselling service our team supports young people like Ben, to deal with the many challenges that arise during this time of year. If at all possible, we try to help the young people to spend this time with their family or friends. For those remaining at Step by Step foyers we do everything we can to make them feel deserving of a typically festive time with decorations, Christmas outings and activities, treats in the cupboards and the essential traditional Christmas dinner and gifts.
Christmas 2018 is set to be our busiest yet with an anticipated 245 young people due to be with us. For the third year of our appeal we will once again pledge to open doors to all the young individuals that are likely to turn to us for help.
Can you help us?
If you are thinking of making a charitable donation this Christmas, please consider supporting a young person from a community just like yours. Young people who deserve to have support and care this Christmas so that they are equipped and confident to make the right choices for their next steps in life.