H&M Foundation and End Youth Homelessness launch evaluation of Transforming Futures Programme, which has supported almost 900 vulnerable young people across the UK

  • In 2018, 788,000 young people (16 – 24) were not in education, employment or training (EET) in the UK.[1]
  • The Transforming Futures Programme, funded by the H&M Foundation and launched in 2016, supports vulnerable young people to break the cycle of homelessness by helping them into education and work.
  • The programme comes to an end having supported almost 900 young people on their journey to accessing employment, education and training opportunities.

In 2016, the non-profit H&M Foundation made a three-year commitment supported by £500,000 to support young homeless people in the UK into employment. Through the Transforming Futures Programme, four UK charities were able to employ a dedicated Job Coach to provide specialist one-to-one Education, Employment and Training (EET) support, helping them build the skills and confidence they need to go back into education or secure a job. The support also includes a bursary to break down financial barriers facing young people in accessing EET opportunities.

The programme was delivered by four UK charities – 1625 Independent People, Aberdeen Foyer, Benjamin Foundation, Roundabout – all part of UK-wide movement End Youth Homelessness (EYH), launched by Centrepoint.

“At the H&M Foundation we are pleased to hear that so many young people have been supported with access to education, employment and training opportunities. It is very rewarding to see the project goals we set become reality and turned into concrete results. To help these young people out of their situation and onto a sustainable path of independence where they can have a home and a job of their own is nothing but a success and we are proud to have been a part of that.“ (Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation)

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of The H&M Foundation for funding The Transforming Futures Programme. This has enabled our Job Coach to support 336 vulnerable young people in Norfolk by working with them to explore employment, education and training options, which has developed aspirations, created opportunities, helped to shape lives and provided hope for the future.”  (Matt Garrod, Director of Operations, The Benjamin Foundation)

The H&M Foundation & End Youth Homelessness worked with the Young Foundation to carry out an evaluation of the programme. The release of A Brighter Future, showcases the successes of the programme, along with the accompanying toolkit. The toolkit explores best practices for employers and Job Coaches working with Young Homeless People.

“End Youth Homelessness’ research ‘A Brighter Future’ – undertaken by The Young Foundation – showcases the incredible results our Transforming Futures Programme has achieved over the last three years. Without the dedication of the Job Coaches, our Member Charities and the support of the H&M Foundation none of this would have been possible. The impact? Almost 900 homeless young people have found employment or an education opportunity, which significantly improves their chances of a better life.  This research helps other organisations achieve similar outcomes and moves us a step closer to ending youth homelessness.” (Nick Connolly, Managing Director, End Youth Homelessness)

Following the end of Transforming Futures Programme in October 2019, EYH has launched an Employability Fund, which ensures a lasting legacy of the H&M Foundation’s support. Through the continuation of the Job Coaching role within the four charities, and the extension of further applications from our Member Charities, more homeless young people can access the education, training and job opportunities that they need to turn their lives around.

[1] Centrepoint (2018) Making homeless young people count: The scale of youth homelessness in the UK


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