We want to end youth homelessness and we’re tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to 180 young people in Norfolk and Suffolk every night. We give them a stable home and the skills they need so they can leave us and forge an independent life.
Forward Court in Aylsham opened in May 2014, providing supported accommodation for seven young homeless people age 16 to 24. We work in partnership with Victory Housing and Broadland District Council to deliver the service.
Each young person has their own fully furnished flat, designed to give them the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to manage their own tenancy independently, which is the long term aim of the service. They also have the use of a lounge and a fully equipped kitchen, where they can socialise and be supported in practical cooking skills.
Forward Court is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Each young person is allocated a key worker who offers tailored support in areas including education, training, employment, daily life skills, and inclusion in the local community to provide the building blocks to forge an independent life.
We also work closely with Victory Housing to ensure, when they are ready, the young people move on to secure and affordable accommodation.
Referrals for Forward Court are through Broadland District Council. There is provision for two 16 to 17 year olds at any one time.