Preventing homelessness has always been at the heart of BYHP.
Our Family Mediation programme strives to keep all our young people safe, whether it is at home or with extended family, supported housing or private rented accommodation but always somewhere they can call home.
Relationships with parents can often be rocky going through the adolescent years but, if this relationship was fragile before, it can often break down completely when faced with adversity.
Even if the young person doesn’t return to the family home, they still want a relationship with their family and often having the support of a Family Mediator, a professional who is non-judgemental and listens, can make a huge difference to the dynamics of families.
A group of professionals from many different organisations such as DePaul, Crisis, Relate, St Mungo’s and Barnados gathered together with Centrepoint to discuss effective ways to prevent youth homelessness.
In conclusion, it was agreed that lots of support around the whole family is essential and Family Mediation plays a huge role with this. Other factors come into play with parents’ expectations and poor resilience, poverty and overcrowding, all of which have a detrimental effect on young people’s aspirations.
The pressure to leave home and find a job and not be a burden on their families is immense and can often lead to poor mental health. We need an holistic approach to each individual family and to recognise that some families will need support long term.
We have a lot of work to do to improve prospects for the young and disadvantaged and their families who come to BYHP, and it is with the support of our funders and the local community that we can continue with this valuable and necessary intervention to improve life opportunities for everyone.
The BYHP team look forward to working with Centrepoint in other areas where BYHP delivers services.
After a fun filled 8 weeks the art project has come to an end! Involvement and creativity were at a high with lots of young people getting involved. To mark the end BYHP had another day at Stowe, this time creating wax rubbings. These rubbings were then given to Luke (the projects artist) to create t-shirts and have them displayed within the house! We would like to thank Luke and all of the
Stowe staff and volunteers who joined in and made this project a success.
BYHP goes to Stowe! The Unlocking Potential group recently took a trip to Stowe to learn about the house and do some hands on art work, in preparation for the new 'From Where I Stand' art project here at BYHP.
The project will be run with the help of fashion designer Luke Brookes who has recently designed items for Lady Gaga. The young people enjoyed a session led by Stowe worker Kelly and came up with some pretty creative art ideas! We're looking forward to inviting Luke to BYHP from next week and seeing the ideas he and the young people come up with.
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