Single Homeless Project

Since 2022, we’ve supported the Single Homeless Project to empower young people to lead happy and independent lives.

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Grant type

Widening participation

Grant date

2022

Grant size

£32,487

Duration

1 year

Location

Greenwich, Lewisham

Single Homeless Project was founded in the 1970's by six men experiencing homelessness who wanted to see an end to rough sleeping in London. Over 40 years later, they support over 10,000 people each year by offering them a safe environment, enriching opportunities, and personalised support.

The charity began giving specialised support to young people from 2010 after recognising the specific complexities affecting this group. Alongside offering choices and opportunities to young people at a critical time in their lives, they focus on building trusting relationships and a sense of hope for the future.

Our funding has been used to empower young people living in supported accommodation services to take part in a wide range of social, educational, and cultural activities. The programme empowers young people to take the steps needed to live happy and independent lives.

Single Homeless Project
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Single Homeless Project
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Single Homeless Project
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One of the main ways Single Homeless Projects aims to break the cycle of homelessness is through supported accommodation. Each of their four hostels specialises in meeting a priority need and offers a wide range of initiatives targeted at overcoming the underlying causes of homelessness.

Through fun activities such as house meetings and brunch clubs, young people have an active role in shaping the support packages offered and how they’re delivered. Placing young people at the heart of the programme is important because it helps them to offer the most exciting and relevant opportunities.

As such, there is a wide range of educational, training, and employment opportunities available for young people to get involved with. The list of skill-based activities to choose from includes art, sport, music, cooking, gardening, and psychotherapy. They’re delivered as group sessions or one-to-one support.

Single Homeless Project
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Single Homeless Project
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Single Homeless Project
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Single Homeless Project
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One of the many inspiring young people who have been making exceptional progress is Elizabeth, who became part of the programme after attending a trip to Charlton jobs fair. Elizabeth has attended over 10 sessions since where she’s learnt invaluable skills such as teamwork and how to write a good CV.

Elizabeth has used her experiences in the programme to discover she would like to attend university. After writing an impressive personal statement, Elizabeth has been offered a place to study Songwriting at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance!

Additionally, one of our previous bursary recipients was also supported by the Single Homeless Project before going to university and speaks about her experience of the programme here. Alexi has recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English.

We’re incredibly proud of both Elizabeth and Alexi, and wish them the best for the future!

I didn’t think I could go back to university after dropping out last time, I’m really excited.

Elizabeth
Single Homeless Project Beneficiary

Single Homeless Project does so much more than offering young people experiencing homelessness safe accommodation; it empowers them to take the steps needed to live happy and independent lives.

We love being able to support Single Homeless Project on their mission to transform lives and put an end to homelessness in London.

Want to learn more? Visit their website.