Amber Foundation

A home and support for young homeless people

Amber is raising the funds that will pay for a temporary home and an intensive programme of support for 24 young homeless people this winter. Across our 3 centres, we will not only provide a safe place to live and 3 meals a day - our support will help young people move on to a positive future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1051388)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£70,000

Amount raised

£76,597

Donations

39

Championed by The EQ Foundation

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

  • So what was it that actually changed me? Well my team leader for one! He wasn't just a worker, he was my inspiration. He helped me deal with my debts, open a bank account, build family bonds, pushed me to follow my ‘dreams and desires’ and he believed in me, and that's something I never had

    — Young person

  • Amber has helped me turn my life around in every way possible. Having a safe, secure roof over my head has made all the difference. My mental health was a mess when I got here. I feel so much more stable and in control of things now.

    — Young person

  • When I arrived at Amber I had no idea how to support myself. Amber has really helped me to learn new skills like cooking and being able to look after myself properly. I am excited about the future and I know that I now have the right skills to be able to live on my own, independently.

    — Young person

Situation

The young people that Amber supports are homeless and unemployed. There are many reasons why young people become homeless - family breakdown, leaving care, childhood trauma, mental ill-health, addiction, prison release, losing a job. Sometimes people make bad decisions, and because they lack a network of support, things can go quickly and drastically wrong.

Solution

We provide a temporary home and a safe place to live - this appeal aims to raise enough to support 24 young people through the winter months. But our support is not just a temporary fix - the young people that we help participate in our intensive programme that helps them address what is holding them back so that when they leave Amber, they do so into a job or into education/training and sustainable and appropriate accommodation.