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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

BSMHFT supports youth homelessness campaign

Birmingham is set to be the first city to sign up to a collective approach to ‘End Youth Homelessness’ and urge that our local communities, organisations and businesses follow suit to ensure we offer the right level of support and opportunities for vulnerable young people in our city.

Against a background of an increasing number of young people experiencing homelessness nationally, Birmingham based St Basils is one of 7 charities nationwide who have joined forces with businesses and health professionals to raise awareness of the complex challenge of youth homelessness as part of a national ‘End Youth Homelessness’ campaign.

In response to this campaign, both the public and private sectors in Birmingham are now pledging their support to the range of ‘asks’ of the campaign (including better access to housing options, healthcare education, training and jobs) and to help others, citywide, to better understand and respond to the issue.

St Basils’ own mantra for many years has been that ‘Homelessness should not be part of growing up’. Birmingham City Council and St Basils firmly believe that all young people should have a home, a job and support. To achieve this in the current economic climate this collective response is needed; particularly the support of our local communities and the assistance of businesses to increase the number of opportunities they can offer in terms of mentoring, placements and apprenticeships to ensure all young people can gain skills and employment.

St Basils Chief Executive Jean Templeton said: “Where ever there are pressures on families and households, there are impacts for young people. We know that adolescence and early adulthood is a challenging time for young people, whether or not they have a supportive family: youth unemployment is at record levels; access to affordable housing which is safe and decent is increasingly difficult, and both our minimum wage and welfare system assume that young people will be better able to manage on limited resources than those with more experience.

BSMHFT is supporting the campaign as it recognises the hugely beneficial impact on a person's mental health that having a safe place to sleep has for young people. Take this away and the risk of mental health problems rises significantly.

You can find out more about the campaign via the St Basil’s website - www.stbasils.org.uk