The Change Project

The Change Project


Project Description

The Change Project is a 5-year project funded by the Department of Communities that emerged out of a collaboration between the NI Housing Executive and the NI Youth Forum.  The project was designed by young people experiencing homelessness who reported that being able to speak with someone with lived experience of the issue, would for them, make a significant difference to how they access and avail of services.  In October 2019 the NI Youth Forum employed two Youth Apprentices whose core function is to engage and support young people at risk of homelessness in a mentoring process that helps them to navigate housing rights and services.

Both apprentices have now moved on successfully into full-time positions and a new Youth Apprentice has been employed.  The project provides peer support as well as working with key service providers such as Alternative Education Projects and schools to deliver workshops and information that can help prevent homelessness.

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The project provides peer support as well as working with key services providers such as Alternative Education Projects and schools to deliver workshops and information that can help prevent homelessness.