What is akt?

akt (formerly the Albert Kennedy Trust) is a charity supporting LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 who are facing or experiencing homelessness. 

How does akt support young people?

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people in the UK experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments to find safe homes, employment, education or training and to celebrate their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.

akt helps young people: 

  • Stay safe in a crisis 
  • Find emergency accommodation
  • Access specialist support 
  • Develop skills, identify and achieve life goals

We do this by offering:

  • Access to advice from one of our housing specialists
  • Connection to a mentor for one-to-one support 
  • Access to our emergency support pack or tenancy starter pack
  • Accommodation with a specially trained akt host
  • A place to stay in our Purple Door accommodation service 
  • A safe place with one of our many housing provider partners 
  • Access to life skills training, events and peer support networks 

Is akt hiring?

You can check if we're hiring here.

Why is akt LGBTQ+ specific?

Coming out, or being outed as LGBTQ+ can lead to young people being made homeless. This is the reality for 77% of the young people akt supports.

Once homeless, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to face violence and discrimination than young people who aren’t LGBTQ+. They’re also more likely to develop substance misuse issues and experience sexual exploitation. This can all take a huge toll on someone’s physical and mental health.

77% of the LGBTQ+ young people we work with believe coming out at home was the main factor in causing their homelessness and so it's vital that they are supported in an environment that is inclusive and celebrates their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.

akt is here to support these young people, and will always be able to signpost other people experiencing homelessness to charities who can help them.

How can I get in touch?

You can email or call us here. 

If you're a young person needing to access our services, you can make an online referral here. You can also call the office closest to your location.

Why did akt rebrand?

You can find out more about our rebrand here.

Who was Albert Kennedy? 

akt was founded in 1989 by a straight foster carer named Cath Hall, an ally who saw the need for an organisation to be set up to support young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who were facing homelessness because of rejection at home. Find out more about our history here.

Her foster son had a friend named Albert Kennedy, a young gay man who Cath saw as a second son, who tragically lost his life shortly before this. She chose to name the charity in his memory.

Can I volunteer with akt?

Yes! You can find out more and apply to be a volunteer here.

How do I become an akt mentor? 

We're not currently open to mentor applications – please keep a look-out for information about re-opening.

Mentors complete an application form and are then invited to a short interview. You'll then be required to give two references and complete a DBS check. All mentors attend a training day to prepare them for their role. Once complete, mentors write a profile about themselves which will be chosen by a potential young person.

Can I donate clothing to akt?

Thank you for thinking of us! We accept donations on a case-by-case basis due to limited capacity in our service centres. We only accept clothing in brand new condition. Please get in touch with the office you'd be donating to and we can let you know if we can accept the donation.

Can I donate furniture/household goods to akt?

Similar to clothing donations, we can only accept furniture/household items on a case-by-case basis due to the limited amount of space we have to store such donations. Please get in touch with the office you'd be donating to and we can let you know.

How do I donate a gift in kind?

Please email [email protected] with details.

What age range does akt support?

We support young LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25.

Where can LGBTQ+ people facing homelessness who are older than 25 seek support?

There are lots of LGBTQ+ or housing organisations that can help those over 25:

Your local council can also help signpost you to organisations that can help. Click here to find your local council.

Where does akt provide support?

We're currently based in Manchester, Newcastle, London and Bristol, but if you're getting in touch from outside of these areas please contact us anyway - call the office nearest to your location.

Are you able to support on chemsex / sex work / substance abuse / domestic violence?

We're able to signpost to specialist organisations that provide specialist support.

When I donate, where does my money go?

79p in every pound goes towards directly supporting young people.

Aside from donating, how can we support akt?

There are lots of ways you can support akt - read our blog on small ways to support akt

You can volunteer with akt, with a range of volunteer roles currently available.

Do you offer support to non-LGBTQ+ young people facing homelessness?

akt specialises in support for LGBTQ+ young people, but we can signpost to organisations that can help you.

Centrepoint offers advice to anyone in England aged 16-25.

Safestop Manchester from Depaul supports 16-21 year olds facing homelessness and house young people in crisis.

Click here to find your local council who can provide local housing advice