YHP is made up of 100 young people aged 16-25 from across England who have been homeless and currently receiving support from one of the following charities; St Basils, Centrepoint, Crisis, Depaul UK, The Foyer Federation, St Mungo’s and YMCA and Roundabout. Homeless Link has also provided invaluable support to the YHP initiative.
Each of these charities has put forward their young people to appear at the Youth Homeless Parliament, including young people representing NYRG. It is important to us that young people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and locations are represented within the YHP cohort.
Each year St Basils manages and facilitate 100 young people from partner organisations to meet with Ministers in Parliament. This successful event is now in its fourth year and continues to build on its success year on year, cultivating positive relationships with Ministers and homeless young people. One of YHP’s aims is to achieve good practice to support homeless young people across England, in turn creating high quality, sustainable partnerships with a range of Government departments.
“It was a really good day. The ministers seems keen to help and listen to everyone there. The best thing was hearing the young people give their opinions and seeing the minister really listening and responding to what was said”
“I appreciated the change to participate in such a life changing experience, which is how visiting the houses of Parliament felt to me. I found the occasion overwhelming due to the unity of young people who are all in a similar situation as I am. The politicians answers helped me to understand but the main point was that by being there with other people like me I got the feeling of knowing I am not alone. Feeling as if I am apart of something has meant a lot to me”