Latest news from our City drop-in

26 June 2015

It’s been a busy few weeks at our City drop-in centre – here’s what the team have been up to…
One of our youth workers talked to a suicidal young woman over the phone until the police took over. Two members of the City drop in team supported a young person and her daughter to get in to a Domestic Violence refuge.

Work Club takes place every Monday at our city drop-in. It delivers practical support to all young people (16 to 25 years old) wanting to get into full time and part time work, apprenticeships, training or voluntary work as a precursor to other paid employment. This includes support for young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

In April/May, 17 young people attended Work Club and we worked with 15 external agencies. We prepared 7 interviews, completed 6 CVs and job applications, and one of our young people successfully found a job. The team at City drop in have managed to settle disputes that could lead to a young person becoming homeless by mediating with their friends and family. As a result they have had to refer fewer young people to housing services.

Access to Tenancy (A2T) is our project supporting young people in Southampton into private rented accommodation. The A2T team are still working hard to rehouse young people who are being made homeless. They are contacting local landlords to encourage them to get involved with housing our young people.

We work in partnership with Barclays, who come in every Thursday to provide young people with individual budget plans. We also work hand in hand with SARC (Southampton Advice and Representation Centre) and CAB (Southampton Citizens Advice Bureau), who are both members of the Southampton Advice Services Alliance (SASA). Adrian (one of SARC’s specialist advisors) and Jon (one of CAB’s advisers) come every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning and work fantastically with our young people