AKT Outpost is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and serves the North East of England. Originally The Outpost Housing Project; this organisation was established in 1995 in response to incidents of homophobia and rejection of young people who were lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and who subsequently found themselves living in intolerable circumstances or made homeless. Outpost helps young people (aged 16-25) who have found themselves in this vulnerable situation, and who are often at risk of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and financial exploitation. Generic accommodation services are seldom equipped to support the additional needs of LGBT youth homeless, and often the vulnerability of this group of young people can be overlooked.
AKT Outpost provides temporary, supported, furnished, accommodation. We provide fully furnished flats acting as a managing agent in partnership with local housing organisations, in which young people can stay with us for up to a maximum of 18 months. In addition to residential spaces, we also offer floating support for up to 14 people providing emotional and practical support to help them maintain their own tenancies.
Although important, we don’t just simply help young people with a roof over their head, we also support them to get their lives back on track. This means different things for each individual, and often they have complex and multi-stranded problems, including: self-harm, suicide attempts, alcohol and or drug abuse and reduced self-esteem and confidence.
Outpost also helps young people to get back on the pathway to employment, whether that is reengaging with education and training, volunteering, or finding and retaining employment. We help with independent living skills, budgeting, social integration, health and nutrition, and general well-being.