Study of experiences of young homeless people
The Study of Experiences of Young Homeless People (SEYHoPe) research project is taking place as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Llamau and Cardiff University Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute.
There is currently a lack of research looking at issues faced by homeless people particularly in the UK and particularly looking at changes over time. The SEYHoPe research project was designed to address this knowledge gap.
The project aims to look in detail at the lives of young people who have been homeless and assess the relationship between their characteristics and experiences of homelessness. By assessing the roles of individual characteristics, past experiences and social situation on the outcomes for Llamau service users over time, the project aims to:
1. Provide Llamau with key information on subgroups of service users who may not be benefiting fully from current interventions.
2. Create a toolkit of support strategies and interventions that can be used to target individuals with risk factors for repeat episodes of homelessness or non-engagement. We aim to increase success rates with appropriate service provision.
3. Increase awareness of the complex issues faced by young homeless people.
4. Highlight areas of service provision that are really effective in helping young people with experiences of homelessness.
The KTP is a reciprocal relationship between Llamau, Cardiff University and an associate (Miss Kate Hodgson) who manages the project. The three partners are working together to achieve project aims which will mutually benefit all parties, by transferring knowledge, skills and experience in all directions.
So far we have…
• Interviewed 121 current Llamau service users aged 16-24 in a first wave of data collection.
• Interviewed half of the same group of young people again as part of the second wave of the study.
• Used the first set of data to measure a range of characteristics including mental health, personality and social factors as well as experiences of homelessness.
The research has already had a big impact on services at Llamau. It has been able to provide information to be included in staff training sessions and can be used by support staff to identify and help those who may be at risk of not benefiting fully from the services Llamau provides.
We will update this website with our findings as they become available so please check again for more information.