EYH Cymru included in UK-wide list of ‘New Radicals’

11 July 2016

End Youth Homelessness Cymru is delighted to announce that it has been included in a prestigious UK-wide list of “50 New Radicals,” for its recent work to ban the use of bed and breakfasts for homeless young people.

The list, which is published biannually by the Observer, celebrates the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges.

The End Youth Homelessness Cymru Partnership, which is led by Llamau, Wales’ leading homelessness charity, was selected for its work to end the emergency use of bed and breakfast accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds.

The campaign was backed by Hollywood-based Welsh actor, Michael Sheen, who launched the petition to ban the emergency use of B&B, and instead to develop a network of emergency accommodation around Wales, properly staffed by professionals who are able to give appropriate support to vulnerable teenagers.

The petition was signed by over 115,000 people and was instrumental in the Welsh Government’s decision to revise its guidance to local authorities about how to help 16 and 17 year olds who are homeless, specifying that B&Bs should only ever be used as a last resort.

The End Youth Homelessness Cymru Campaign continues to ensure vulnerable young people are placed in more appropriate emergency accommodation and end the use of B&B’s altogether.

Llamau Chief Executive, Frances Beecher, said, “Our petition to ban the use of bed and breakfast harnessed the power of people to make some real changes in the lives of homeless young people. We’re thrilled that our work has been recognised and would like to thank everyone who, by supporting the campaign, made a real difference to the lives of homeless young people in Wales.”

In a recent visit to London, members of the campaign met with Welsh MPs and launched a new petition to ask the UK Government to invest in a new UK wide service providing support via phone, app and online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This petition can be signed here: https://www.change.org/p/marcus-jones-mp-a-national-helpline-for-young-homeless-people-phone-app-online-24-7-365-days-a-year

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