SHP will support more than 200 young people each year in Royal Borough of Greenwich through two services that open their doors this week.

A supported accommodation service will provide a safe and nurturing environment for 108 young people.  As well as providing a sense of ‘home’ to bring stability to their lives, the service will work with young people to equip them with key life skills - from how to budget and cook to managing bills and tenancies – so that in time, they can move on and live independently.

Meanwhile, a community-based floating support service will support 100 young people at any one time where they may be placed or living.  This service will provide assistance to young people who may be vulnerable or at risk of homelessness so that they can build and maintain their wellbeing and independence.

This includes flexible, personalised support for a wide range of needs, from housing and tenancy sustainment and practical living skills to accessing education, training and employment opportunities. Where required, our support workers can also help young people access specialist services, such as mental health services, disability support and substance use treatment.

SHP Assistant Director Vanessa Hemmings said: “Every young person needs a place to call home and the right support and opportunities so that they can flourish and achieve their potential.  Our services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich will allow us to offer this to young people in the borough at a critical time in their lives.

“Around half of the young people who are referred to us are not in education, employment or training. We provide a comprehensive range of support tailored to their individual needs, including access to our Opportunities Programme, which offers everything from music workshops to arts education and residential trips. This, in turn, can open the door to college courses, apprenticeships and employment. Ultimately our approach is all about ensuring that young people have the skills and confidence to make meaningful choices and shape their own futures.”