University proud to support Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme

Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017
Bill Webster Presenting

The University of Bolton has become the first Guardian in a new scheme launched by the Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme.

The Guardian scheme is an initiative launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity. Twenty-five businesses and individuals will each donate £500 to help young people from Bolton who are homeless.

The money will go directly to creating a crisis fund for young people who need emergency food, gas or electricity or access to ID quickly.

Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme was set up in 1992 in partnership with Bolton Council and Irwell Valley Housing with one house in Daubhill. Today it has 50 flats across the borough aiding those who are homeless to be safe, stable and develop skills for independence.

They aim to prevent homelessness, among 16 – 25 years olds, by providing supported housing consisting of furnished accommodation and tailored packages of support which include emotional and practical help with all areas of independent living.

‘We’re absolutely delighted to support the scheme and particularly pleased to be the first in this particular programme to support,’ said Assistant Vice Chancellor of the University and Principal of Bolton College, Bill Webster.

‘It’s tragic that in the 21st Century we have homeless youngsters needing this sort of support, but Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme is a fantastic charity that can help those in need.

‘With the merger between the University of Bolton and Bolton College it is even more important that we keep an eye on the young people in the Bolton area because we know for a fact we have students who have been supported by the charity.’

Young people come to the Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme with a variety of complex issues including domestic abuse, forced marriages and family relationships which have broken down.

It works to help them recover from these experiences, develop and adjust to living on their own and get back on their feet. In doing so they see improvements in health and well-being, reduction in risk of harm, improvements in finances, increase in self-confidence and reduction in the use of drugs or alcohol.