To ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment.
We aim to do this by:
And doing the above with passion, energy and enthusiasm.
The Crisis around LGBT Youth Homeless
Despite 10 years of progressive LGB legislation which has enabled young LGBT people to feel more confident to come out at an early age – the reality is that when they do they are still greeted with the same level of homophobia & transphobia at home or school experienced 25 years ago when AKT was established in response to Albert Kennedy’s death.
Annually the Trust receives over 2,000 calls for support across three cities: London, Manchester and Newcastle
Over 6,000 nights off the street provided by AKT for young people in 2013 (excluding Purple Door)
Over 1,800 hours of mentoring provided by AKT for young people in 2013
Purple Door Project has already provided over 1790 nights accommodation for young LGBT people in need since opening in July
Estimated that 1 in 4 homeless youths may identify as LGB or T
85% of our young people have faced some level of rejection by their parents just for being brave enough to come out and be who they are.
Over 2/3 of AKT young men have been offered sex or been forced to offer sex to get a bed for the night
Many of our young people will not use mainstream provision for fear of homophobia or transphobia from other service users or even the service itself.
AKT has developed some trailblazing partnerships with: Salford, Manchester & London Boroughs & Councils and Housing Trusts such as Knowsely,Trafford & Havering; who support our work to ensure mainstream services meet the needs of LGBT people.
AKT also provides bespoke training for housing, social care, support, fostering and adoption organisations. We are the experts in this field and once an organisation meets the standard required for supporting LGBT young people we reward them with the Albert Kennedy Trust Quality Mark. This mark shows you that the organisation that is caring for you knows how to in the best way possible.
The Albert Kennedy Trust works in close partnership with Jigsaw. Jigsaw is a London initiative, funded for four years by London Councils to reduce LGBT youth homelessness. The project brings together Stonewall Housing, the Albert Kennedy Trust, PACE and Galop to provide a network of services for LGBT young people. It is a pioneering initiative to create a ‘seamless’ approach to preventing LGBT youth homelessness. Basically, by putting the pieces together, making a clearer picture of the portfolio of support available, Jigsaw will increase accessibility into a range of services and help better meet the needs of young people. It’s the first time this type of joint working has been adopted to reduce LGBT youth homelessness. Although London-specific in its delivery Jigsaw it is a nationally significant pioneering initiative. Jigsaw is already achieving positive outcomes by putting the pieces together for young people. For more information please visit the Jigsaw Website.