Search

Statistics show hope for vulnerable young people in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 15:15 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 10 October 2018

Launch of the Benjamin Foundation Sleep Out, 2018.

Launch of the Benjamin Foundation Sleep Out, 2018.

Archant

Almost one hundred and fifty vulnerable young adults assisted by a local charity moved from supported accommodation into either education, employment or training over the last year, it can be revealed.

The EDP and Norwich Evening News wants to speak with families and individuals put into temporary accommodation in Norfolk.The EDP and Norwich Evening News wants to speak with families and individuals put into temporary accommodation in Norfolk.

The statistics are from the Benjamin Foundation, a Norfolk-based charity seeking to prevent youth homelessness, and were published in the run-up to the charity’s annual Sleep Out event next month.

The organization receives in excess of fifteen referrals a month from social services, before interviewing and placing young men and women in supported accommodation, such as Winston Court in North Walsham. Over the last twelve months, ninety-eight young adults engaged with one of the organization’s job coaches, while forty-four people moved into education, fifty-five into employment and forty-three into training.

The charity also spent £13,000 on bursaries, used for training or college fees, suits for interviews and uniforms for work, or travel.

Sharon Coggins, job coach at the charity, works with 16 to 25 year old people, helping them with CVs and job applications, as well as applying for bursaries.

She said: “I look at them and ask, what don’t you want to do? What do you want to do? Let’s see how you can do it.”

Businesses are “really open to having conversations” with the charity, she said, adding: “Getting a job is very important. Just doing work experience boosts self-confidence, and people are more likely to think, I can do this, rather than, I can’t.”

Meanwhile, the charity is continuing its preparations for the Sleep Out on November 15 at Carrow Road in Norwich.

Chris Elliot, marketing and fundraising manager, said that over eighty people have so far signed up to participate.

“We’re still keen on lots more people going,” he said.

Businesses around the city including Bidwells property consultants, Saffron Housing and Clapham and Colligne solicitors have signed up.

The Benjamin Foundation was established in 1994 and now employs 200 staff in the county and Suffolk to help with homelessness. It works with more than 100 people every day.

To sign up for the Sleep Out 2018 visit benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out-2018 or call 01603 886933. The registering cost is £25 per person, plus a £1.49 Eventbrite fee.

Other News

57 minutes ago

A painting stolen from a house in Great Yarmouth 30 years ago - just a week after it had appeared on Antiques Roadshow - has been sold at historic auction house Christie’s for £62,500.

Yesterday, 20:44

After four miscarriages, Tyler Lily Iris Manthorpe was to be Jade Nicholles’s and Craig Manthorpe’s miracle child.

Yesterday, 16:43

Record numbers descended on the east coast for a popular event that “has grown in stature year-on-year.”

Yesterday, 09:33

Firefighters were called out twice in quick succession following reported blazes in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

Most Read

Yesterday, 20:44

After four miscarriages, Tyler Lily Iris Manthorpe was to be Jade Nicholles’s and Craig Manthorpe’s miracle child.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Monday, August 6, 2018

Searches are taking place for a 12-year-old boy who has gone missing from home.

Read more
Trafalgar College
Saturday, October 13, 2018

A 64-year-old care worker who sexually assaulted a woman with mental health issues has been jailed for more than 11 years.

Read more
Gorleston
Yesterday, 16:43

Record numbers descended on the east coast for a popular event that “has grown in stature year-on-year.”

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Yesterday, 09:33

Firefighters were called out twice in quick succession following reported blazes in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Southtown

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy