Every year around 83,000 young people experience homelessness and more than 150,000 seek help. Young people become homeless for many reasons – family breakdown, drug and alcohol problems, leaving care, losing a job – and once homeless, it can be very difficult to find work, secure accommodation and get back on your feet.
Amber makes a difference. Each year we work with 200 young people (aged 17-30) at our residential centres in Devon, Surrey and Wiltshire and help them rebuild their lives. We do this by:
- Offering a temporary, safe place to live, away from negative peer pressure
- Delivering person-centred support and training designed to provide the motivation and encouragement young people need to re-evaluate their lives and plan for a more positive future
- Working in teams to build their self-confidence and wellbeing, focus on their strengths and interests, and set key objectives that will enable them to move on successfully
What we do
Amber provides a supported housing environment that’s a little bit different. Not just training and support to address specific issues but new experiences and opportunities that raise aspiration and challenge residents to take responsibility for their lives.
- Structure, routine and boundaries
- Life skills such as cooking, cleaning, tenancy and financial management
- Core educational skills and practical qualifications
- Peer support and access to counselling
- Creative projects involving art, crafts, music, film, drama
- Sport and exercise
- Giving back, community engagement and volunteering
- Work experience, CV writing and mock interviews
- Support to move on to education, employment and safe accommodation
“Amber gives you the one thing in life that everybody needs – regardless of their background – hope. Hope and opportunity.” [Amber resident]
Amber was established in 1995 and we’ve worked with over 3500 young people
80% moved into education, employment, voluntary work or achieved a major life goal in the last 5 years.
Phone: 01225 792619