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'The Next Step' Youth Homeless Project

Funded on Spacehive 15 March 2019

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'The Next Step' Youth Homeless Project

Youth Concern By Youth Concern

'The Next Step' is a new youth homeless supported accommodation & employment project. It will provide a safe home for young people experiencing homelessness with support to move onto independence.

Aylesbury Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 15 Mar 2019!

'The Next Step' will provide homeless, vulnerable young people with accommodation for up to a year & a bespoke support package to help them transition to sustainable independent living. Whilst our current response to youth homelessness - Aylesbury Nightstop, is a successful solution to the initial homelessness crisis, it does not always solve the longer-term accommodation problem. In about 50% of cases, there is NO NEXT STEP for these young people & so they remain homeless. This is why it is vital we raise the last £31k needed to deliver this life-changing project for the young people of Aylesbury Vale. We have already received commitment from supporters to fund 87% of the project costs. We plan to raise the remaining 13% via grant funding, corporate sponsorship, fundraising events, & crowdfunding, which is where we need your help! Your pledge will provide: £10 = food & toiletries pack £25 = counselling session £100 = employment skills course £450 = room + full support for 1 week

What we'll deliver:

  • 10 bed youth homeless supported accommodation facility
  • Support packages re health, skills, employment & resettlement
  • Business mentoring
  • Counselling
  • Smooth tranisition to independent living

Why it's a great idea:

Over the past year, at Youth Concern in Aylesbury, we’ve had 84 young people come to us who are facing a homelessness crisis. We believe passionately that every young person needs a safe home. Plus support and guidance to get themselves back on their feet. 'The Next Step' project aims to do just that. Provide young people facing a homelessness crisis with a safe home for up to 1 year, plus wraparound support focusing on health, skills, employment and resettlement. Youth Concern will also offer these young people counselling to help them with emotional issues and a business mentor to support them into work or education. Our supporters, the Thomas Hickman Charity, are purchasing premises for us. We will convert this building to create a 10 bed shared home. We are crowdfunding for the funds to support the young people in our care with counselling, life skills etc.

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase property
  • Promote corporate sponsorship packages
  • Community information and awareness programme
  • Convert property, involving young people
  • Meet startup funding target
  • Recruit project staff
  • Launch community event
  • Open 'The Next Step' Homeless Accomodation Project for Young People

We have found a beautiful property which The Thomas Hickman Charity have offered to buy for the Next Step project to be run from. With the help of a fab organisation called COSPA/VIY we will convert the building from a 5 bed to a 10 bed home. And some of our young people will be involved in the conversion work, earning themselves qualifications in the process and gaining valuable employment skills. Youth Concern has been supporting vulnerable young people for nearly 40 years. So we know how to help and empower young people who are vulnerable and struggling. We have good relationships with other organisations locally who can also offer support to these young people, to give them a real chance. Crucially, we have the passion and commitment to make a difference. To be there for and respond to young people when they need us most. 'The Next Step' project will be a lifeline for young people experiencing homelessness. And it will save public services money in the long run too.

Location Aylesbury

About the space



Aylesbury Vale District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £234,449

Refurbishment costs - £100,000 (43%)
Property conversion - £80,000 (34%)
Contribution towards running costs - £22,500 (10%)
2 rooms + support for 5 months - £20,000 (9%)
Breakfast for 10 people for 1 year - £3,650 (2%)
100 counselling sessions - £2,500 (1%)
15 employability courses - £1,500 (1%)
15 independent living skills courses - £1,500 (1%)
15 essentials welcome pack - £450 (0%)
Toilet rolls for 15 people for 1 year - £400 (0%)
Other - £1,949 (1%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Refurbishment costs
Property conversion
Contribution towards running costs
2 rooms + support for 5 months
Breakfast for 10 people for 1 year
100 counselling sessions
15 employability courses
15 independent living skills courses
15 essentials welcome pack
Toilet rolls for 15 people for 1 year
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Support more young people through:
  • Further months' accommodation.
  • Providing more counselling sessions to our young people.
  • Providing further employment skills sessions to our young people/
  • Proving young people with toiletries.

Total £234,449

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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