Abu became homeless aged just 17. Now, he is studying European Politics at King's College London.
Despite traumatic backgrounds, young people who've been homeless still nurture strong aspirations. They still have a vision for what they want to do. They still have a need to be heard, to belong and be healthy. And they still feel the need to contribute to their community.
We believe that all young people should have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
LandAid's exciting new Young Voices programme aims to promote young people’s voices to the property industry and help raise youth homelessness up the agenda. The pilot scheme is a collaboration between LandAid, Birmingham charity St Basils and the National Youth Reference Group (NYRG), a committee of 40 formerly homeless young people from across England who assist government, local authorities and charities to improve their involvement opportunities for young people. It has been kindly funded by the Mace Foundation.
Four young people with personal experiences of being homeless have been appointed as LandAid’s first Young Voices and will support the charity in a range of ways, from engaging our supporters in the property sector to capturing the views, ideas and stories of their peers.
A group of young people, who come from cities including Birmingham, Leicester, London and Newcastle and are all members of the NYRG, have been appointed as the first LandAid Young Voices. They will receive training in safe storytelling and public speaking as well as learning skills in video production and social media.
Through appearances in the property industry, the young people will become young leaders - able to share their experiences of homelessness with chief executives and graduates alike.
Check out what happened when our Young Voices took to Twitter for a live Q & A with our supporters about the issues surrounding homelessness on #GivingTuesday.
Tamzin Taylor-Rosser, National Youth Engagement Manager at St Basils, said: ‘Young people have the capability to inspire and energise professionals in a way which no other speakers do. This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for members of National Youth Reference Group to be involved in this exciting pilot project that looks to amplify young people’s voices in the property industry and raise awareness of youth homelessness.’