Vision, Mission & Values OUR VISION: A world without LGBT youth homelessnessOUR MISSION: Preventing LGBT youth homelessness, because no young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they areOUR VALUES Respect for diversity: We respect that everybody has a unique experience and we aim to ensure equality and inclusion are at the heart of what we do Determination: We never give up challenging discrimination Innovation: We continually evolve and improve Integrity: We are transparent and work in an open and honest manner Partnership: We are committed to working with all our stakeholders to ensure LGBT young people are safe AKT STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR 2021 Guiding principles behind our new strategy To review and improve our support to young people by continually developing our evidence base through research, consultation and engagement – especially with young people To build strong local and national partnerships so we can benefit from their expertise reputation, endorsement and support to ensure we have the capacity to deliver and fund high quality, relevant services to young people To provide innovative and responsive prevention / early action services which will keep the most vulnerable young people safe by reducing the risk of homelessness Service development based on adapting to local need and not providing a bespoke unsustainable offer To secure a national presence and leadership in our field To remain financially robust and achieve a strong infrastructure Strategic Priorities for 2021 REACH more of the 24% most vulnerable young people facing homelessness who identify as LGBT and need our support ENGAGE, listen, and work with others to constantly improve our offer to young people and our supporters PREVENT and significantly reduce the risk of youth homelessness by providing an early action model of service delivery Delivering AKT’s Strategy: Our programmes for 2018-21 At the centre of our strategy is the completion of a national scoping exercise in summer 2018 with our research partners, Birmingham University. This research will provide AKT with a clear picture of need outside our current three regional locations and identify the best models of delivery to inform decisions about the future growth of the organisation. Safer Homes to Independence In 2018-19 we will be remodelling and expanding our Purple Door, supported living and other housing options for young people with housing and homelessness partners. Working in partnership with mainstream housing and homelessness services we will strengthen provision to meet the needs of LGBT young people. Inter-AKT Our digital support service for young people will expand to incorporate live advice and information sessions; easy-access digital content on the issues young people have identified; an instant online support service; alongside the expansion of our eMentoring offer. We will continue to work with NSPCC and others to ensure inter-AKT is a safe and secure online space for young people seeking information and support. We will be working with partner organisations to develop inter-AKT for families to ensure parents, care givers and families are better informed and supported in order to prevent the risk of rejection and abuse of young people coming out at home. Youth Engagement Programme We want to ensure young people have a stronger voice and are active in the development, delivery and review of AKT’s work. To support this, we are introducing a Youth Engagement programme lead to develop and lead a meaningful programme for engaging young people. Volunteering Programme Accounting for 90% of our workforce and over 20,000 hours of labour per year, volunteers are critical to AKT preventing homelessness every day. In 2018, we are introducing a programme led by a new member of the team to recruit, equip, support, recognise and incentivise our individual and corporate volunteers to deliver the support and activities young people and AKT needs. Outreach Through a programme of outreach and net-reach supported by our Young Ambassadors, volunteers and partners organisations, we will ensure those working in health, education, housing and the community, who have responsibility for keeping young people safe, have the awareness and access to resources, such as AKT, to reach LGBT people young people early and when they need support most. Strong partnerships We will be partnering with the networks, faith groups and communities from which our most vulnerable young people come from, to secure acceptance and support We will be securing and building on partnerships with national and local organisations such as Crisis and NSPCC to benefit from their expertise, reputation and strength to ensure we have the capacity to deliver high quality and relevant services to young people where and when they need us most Communications and Public Affairs Programme Establishing a stronger national profile for LGBT youth homelessness and AKT through empowering young people and enabling partners to deliver the message will support AKT to prevent and reduce youth homelessness in a meaningful way. This will include: Producing digital and other content with young people and sharing this with our media partners and influencers Delivering our NoRoomForHate campaign nationally in Spring Securing cross party / parliamentary champions to effect change and ensure young LGBT people do not continue to be over-represented amongst the homeless population Research and Consultation In partnership with leading academic institutions, we are planning to deliver a series of in-depth investigations into the impact of LGBT youth homelessness to raise awareness and to identify better solutions to ensure prevention and early action reduces the long-term effects on young lives. To find out more our strategic direction, contact our CEO, Tim Sigsworth.