Over the past year, the importance of community has become clearer than ever. Not only have we navigated a pandemic, but those most marginalised within the LGBTQ+ community have continued to face abuse and violence, including LGBTQ+ people of colour and trans and non-binary people.

It’s also been an incredibly difficult time for the LGBTQ+ young people that akt supports, who are living in a hostile environment or are facing homelessness. The majority of these young people have experienced abuse or rejection at home simply for being who they are. During the first lockdown, the number of new young people who needed our help increased by 118 per cent, compared to the same period the year before. And today, our referral numbers continue to rise.

This past year, akt has supported over 700 young people across the country into safe homes and better futures, and have had to increase capacity in our service delivery team to manage this. And this number doesn’t include the young people we have supported and signposted on live chat. We’re expecting the number of young people who need our help to continue rising. And to ensure we can be there for them, we need to work together as a community. We need your help.

Your solidarity and support will enable us to continue our work, to ensure that no young person has to choose between a safe home and being who they are. Thank you. 

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Chloe's story

Chloe came to akt mid-January 2021 after a landlord told her they wouldn’t accept anyone on benefits. Chloe had been sofa surfing and as a young trans woman, felt she needed some stability and support. She reached out to akt and was accommodated in Purple Door, our safe house. Chloe had a weekly key session with her caseworker, making plans for future, trying to find employment, and then searching for a new house share. Chloe really enjoyed sharing space in Purple Door with other LGBTQ+ people and part of her support plan was to find other trans people to share living space with as she values that connection greatly. In early May, Chloe found a private rented property and successfully applied for an akt Rainbow Starter Pack (a grant for independent living).

We will continue to support Chloe until she is settled in her new accommodation and ensure she is managing financially.

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