In 2019, The Blagrave Trust commissioned the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) to publish ‘‘Help us to move on!’‘, a report investigating the barriers preventing young people from making positive transitions to adult life.

Carried out by young researchers, the research took on board the views of 450 young people across Hampshire, as well as policy makers, statutory and voluntary youth services. The results highlight two themes that young people feel overwhelmingly strong about education, training, employment (ETE) and housing.

It’s clear that change is needed, so we’ve employed four Youth Advocates to take part in a two-part project – Help Us Move On – to campaign and advocate to improve housing and employment services for young people in Southampton. They’ve decided to focus on give recommendations:

  • Increase amount of housing for childless 21-25 year olds through ‘Housing First’
  • Lobby local councils to fulfil their statutory duty by offering to take homeless 16-17 year olds into care
  • Develop a model for sharing agency to increase supply of low-cost, decent quality shared housing to non-students
  • Remove the benefits trap which discourages hotel residents from working
  • Double the number of ‘informal’ education and training places, including work-based traineeships across Hampshire

Have your say!

If you have particular experiences or opinions on housing and employment for young people in Southampton, we’d love to hear from you! Your views will be passed onto our Youth Advocates and could play a key role in creating change.

To tell us your views, please email [email protected] or phone 02380 224 224.

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