87% of the young people we supported last year had experienced rough sleeping at some point before coming to akt. Please donate today and help bring young people In From the Cold.
akt helps extremely vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Over the past few years, we have seen a 112% increase in young people looking for support directly after the winter holiday period.
Most of the young people we help cite family abuse or rejection as the reason they are in need. When you live with an abusive or hostile family, this time of year can be particularly challenging. It can be much more difficult to spend time with friends or a support network.
This winter, please help us to reach the increasing numbers of young people who face homelessness due to homophobia, transphobia and abuse.
What your support could do
- A mobile phone top up so a young person has a lifeline – £20
- ID so a young person can open their own bank account – £40
- An emergency support pack – £37
- Gender affirming clothes for interviews/work – £50
- A stay in emergency accommodation – £192
- A Rainbow Starter Pack which includes a rental deposit, the first week’s shop, furniture and a moving van – £539
What your support means for someone like Ivy
Ivy* is trans and a university student. At home, she was subject to transphobic abuse by her family. It was not safe for her to return home for the holidays.
akt paid for Ivy to stay in her student accommodation until her new student tenancy was ready. We helped her to move her PIP payment from her family’s bank account to her own. We provided advice on money management and helped her apply for student finance estrangement status. akt also provided a £50 voucher to purchase some interview-appropriate clothes.
akt have been a lifesaving service. Without my caseworker's support and advice, I would have had to return to an abusive environment and may have even dropped out of university. Now, I can start supporting myself by myself for the foreseeable future.Ivy, akt service user
Please, donate and help a young person like Ivy today.
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