Last month I talked about the significant surge in referrals to akt since the pandemic started across all the regions we support young people in, and how our wonderful and hardworking team have stepped up to this challenge by offering an amazing level of support and safe homes despite the challenges of working predominantly online. 

I know that a more challenging time for our young people lies ahead, as we see LGBTQ+ young people arriving at akt not just facing the threat of homelessness and rejection or abuse from their families, but also economic deprivation, joblessness and poor mental health as the pandemic continues to impact on their lives. Across London homelessness services an 80% increase in young people rough sleeping was recorded during April to June (source: Chain). You have been incredible in your support of akt at this challenging time despite facing the challenge of lockdown yourself. Please keep supporting us, especially as we prepare to launch our Winter appeal. Your support is creating better futures for the most vulnerable young people who continue to be amongst the most badly affected by events over the last six months.

The pandemic has provided a great opportunity for myself and akt to reconnect and connect with organisations supporting LGBTQ+ young people and fighting homelessness across the UK and indeed internationally. Currently we are learning and sharing lessons from the pandemic and building partnerships with organisations from New Zealand, Australia, North America and across Europe. More on this next month.

We are currently looking for Trustees with experience in either youth services, homelessness or communications to join our Board. If you want to learn more please contact [email protected] for a pack or to register for our online open information evening on November 11th, 6.30pm - 7.15pm. 

We have now launched our stakeholder consultation for our 2021-26 strategy. If you volunteer for akt, please do fill out our online survey (ends Wednesday 4th November). Over the coming months, we will be reaching out to young people and our supporters for your thoughts on our future and how we can make akt a more inclusive and diverse space for all.

Our services team across the country have provided an incredible level of support to young people and each other whilst facing a 37% increase in footfall into their services, and I have now been set a challenge by our London services team and I need your support with this. To help the young people living in our London Purple Door house keep positive and happy over Winter during lockdown I need to secure a donation of a new smart flat screen TV for their living room. If you work for or an electrical company who can help me with this or are able to support this ask individually, then please drop me an email on [email protected]. I really don’t want to disappoint our wonderful team and our young people, so please help if you can. 

Please keep safe, and thank you for helping akt support lgbtq+ young people to get the start in life they deserve.

Tim Sigsworth
Chief Executive

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