Chief Executive's Update - March 2019 In our business plan we promised to reach more of the young people who need us nationally. In our 30th year we're making great strides to achieve this. At akt our staff and Trustees believe we don’t need to be everywhere and would much rather see local services meet local need, so our partnership work is built around building the capacity and knowledge of other services in supporting LGBT young people. Current Partnership work includes: In June we begin our pilot in a fourth region (the south west); hosted by our partners, Bristol-based LGBT youth charity OTR and working with homelessness and housing charities 16-25 Independent People and Live West. We're working with local LGBT and homelessness charities to bring our Host project (providing homes for LGBTQ+ young people with LGBT+ people and allies) to Brighton and Sussex, to respond to high levels of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in the area. Our research in 2018 identified that many mainstream housing and homelessness services are still struggling to identify and offer appropriate support to their young LGBTQ+ clients. Hence, we are looking to develop a digital-based solution in partnership with Yorkshire-based housing associations and others to ensure housing and homeless organisations are skilled and informed to best support LGBT people. We are working with the Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to scope new solutions for supporting homeless LGBT young people locally. Watch out for some exciting developments in our digital services for young people, including more on our Live Chat service!