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AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

London: 020 7831 6562
Manchester: 0161 228 3308
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 0191 281 0099

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…my mum didn’t really want me…
as I became aware of my sexuality she bullied me more… I did really badly at school. That’s when I found out about The Albert Kennedy trust.

My placement (with an AKT foster carer) was very positive; I learnt a lot about myself and my sexuality. It was like living with my parents except they were gay – they would sit me down and talk to me about my lifestyle, my sexuality and anything else

Jennifer (now aged 19)
When I told my parents I was gay they threw me out onto the streets…
I ended up having sex with strangers just to get a bed for the night.

Then I found AKT and they matched me up with carers who provided me with supported lodgings. I started college this year and I feel like I have a future for the first time since my family turned their back on me

Amir (20)

Want to refer someone to us for help?

Click here to use our new Online Referral form.

Download our 2014 Service User Guide here

 

The Albert Kennedy Trust is here to help you if you are:

  • Up to the age of 25
  • Are (or think you might be) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Intersex
  • Homeless, sofa-surfing or living in crisis
  • Living in a violent , hostile or abusive home

Call one of our workers:

London  - Tel: 0207 831 6562  
Manchester - Tel: 0161 228 3308 
Newcastle - Tel: 0191 281 0099

Need Housing Help? Click here for our referral form

Our Offices are open from 10am to 4.30pm Mon-Fri. You are welcome to pop in but it is probably best to call us before you come. If you don’t have much credit for your phone we will call you back.

 

 

 

 

How can we help?

If you are homeless, in crisis or at risk where you live, we will meet with you as soon as we can to talk through your difficulties.

  • We can help with staying safe in a crisis
  • We can help with finding emergency accommodation
  • We can help with finding hostel accommodation
  • We can help with finding a place to live in the rented sector
  • We can help with finding a place in social housing
  • We can help with finding you supported lodgings from one of our LGBT positive carers
  • We can help with finding you support from a mentor
  • We can help with finding you specialist support from domestic violence or mental health services
  • We can help with training, learning and making progress towards your goals

What we can do to help will depend on your circumstances, but these are the types of work we do.

'I don’t think you help people like me'

We know that LGBT young people from some communities can find it especially hard to reach out to services for help even if they need it. AKT works with young people from all communities and backgrounds, including religious backgrounds, and with lots of different kinds of needs and life experiences. If you are LGBT and homeless, in crisis or at risk where you live, we can help.

If you know someone who needs help, let us know today

AKT works in London, greater Manchester and Newcastle with young LGBT people who are homeless, in housing crisis, or living in a hostile environment.

Which young people can be referred to AKT?

  • Does the young person identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, or another sexual or gender minority, or are they questioning their sexual or gender identity?
  • Are they homeless, facing a housing crisis, or living in a hostile environment?
  • Do they live in, or urgently need to move to, London, Greater Manchester or Newcastle?
  • Are they 25 or younger?

If they can answer yes to all these questions, they can be referred to AKT. Not all of our services are available to all age groups, but we will always help young people meeting the above criteria when we can.

We know that LGBT young people from some communities can find it especially hard to reach out to services for help even if they need it. AKT works with young people from all communities and backgrounds and with lots of different kinds of needs and life experiences. If you know a young person who meets our criteria, and who needs help, please do get in touch.

Who can refer a young person?

Most of our referrals come from young people themselves, connexions workers, youth workers, and local authority housing offices, but you are welcome to contact us if you’re a friend or family member too. Please use the link below to let us know what your concerns are.

Need Help - Please use this link: Services

What if the young person is in danger?

If you know of a young person at immediate risk, please call our offices.

London
0207 831 6562
Manchester
0161 228 3308
Newcastle
0191 281 0099

Our phones are answered Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm. Outside of these times, if you believe a young person is in danger, please contact the police or social services.

Are you under 18?

If you’re 17 or younger, and you’re homeless or having problems at home because of your sexual or gender identity, you’re not on your own. AKT can help.

Get in touch now:

London - Tel: 0207 831 6562 
Manchester - Tel: 0161 228 3308 
Newcastle - Tel: 0191 281 0099

Need Help - Please use this link: SERVICES

Our phones are open Monday-Friday, 10-4.30, and we will call you back.

Are you experiencing violence?

We know that a lot of young LGBT people are living with violence, or under the threat of violence, because of their sexual or gender identities. Violence comes in many forms.

  • Are you worried someone who lives with you might hurt you?
  • Are you expected to have sex whether you want to or not?
  • Are you living with violence or abuse about your sexual or gender identity?
  • Are you being controlled, threatened or emotionally blackmailed?
  • Are you having your benefits or wages taken from you, or are you being forced to make benefit claims on behalf of someone else?
  • Are you under pressure from your family and community to change or ‘cure’ your sexual or gender identity?
  • Are you worried that you’ll be forced to marry, or taken away for a ‘cure’?
  • Are you being threatened by people who say that your sexual or gender identity is wrong in the eyes of your religion?
  • Are you putting up with any of these kinds of violence – or others – because you don’t have anywhere else to stay?

If you are experiencing any of these kinds of violence, AKT can help.

AKT is not a domestic or sexual violence specialist, but we work with many young people who are threatened with homelessness because experiencing violence at home. We work in partnership with specialist services to manage risk, support you to recover, and find safe and positive accommodation where you can live free from violence.

If you are experiencing violence or at risk of violence, please call our offices.

London
0207 831 6562
Manchester
0161 228 3308
Newcastle
0191 281 0099

Our phones are answered Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm.
Outside of these times, if you believe you are in immediate danger, please contact the police or social services.

Out of Hours Help / In an EMERGENCY

If you need emergency help at other times please call:

0808 800 4444 - Shelter Housing Advice Line: (8am-midnight every day)

0845 330 30 30 - LGF Helpline: (6pm-10pm every day)

0300 330 0630 - London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: (calls at local rate)

08457 90 90 90 - Samaritans: (24hrs)

0191 2328520 - Newcastle Housing Advice Centre (Out of Hours Service)

Our London, Manchester and Newcastle offices are staffed 10am-4:30pm Monday - Friday. 

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