akt South West Day is an opportunity to shout about the work we do in the region and how we can support you if you're struggling.

akt in the South West supports LGBTQ+ young people (16-25) who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. akt have a dedicated team based here that work closely with LGBTQ+ young people, offering them the support and safety they deserve. At akt we celebrate the wide spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities. 

We offer:

  • Advice and guidance
  • One to one case work
  • Mentoring
  • Rainbow Starter Pack – financial support to find secure accommodation
  • Live Chat
  • Signposting and referrals into specialist
  • services
  • Online peer support groups

E-mail us at [email protected] or call 07761 246386 

Harry's Story

After the death of his one supportive relative, Harry fell behind with his bills accruing significant rent arrears. Living in the area where he had grown up meant that people knew about his gender transition and this has resulted in multiple cases of transphobic abuse, both verbal and physical, even resulting in hospital admissions. He reported these to the police at first, but when he started to receive death threats, he was too scared to tell anyone. He wouldn’t leave home through the day, and being in debt meant he was unable to get a tenancy anywhere else.

With the help of akt’s support, he set up repayment plans, received his correct benefit entitlement; got payments to top up his rent; and ultimately was accepted for social housing due to the abuse he’s experienced.

After a long wait during lockdown with ongoing threats from his neighbours, he’s finally got the place he deserves, a bungalow with gardens, in a quiet area and within budget! Thanks to akt’s Independent Living Fund, Harry has also just completed his CBT training. His life was on hold waiting for a new safe and stable home, but now Harry can plan for a more hopeful future, moving forward with his gender transition; accessing counselling and learning photography.

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