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London Youth Gateway shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2014

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We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2014! The awards celebrate innovation and good practice among organisations tackling homelessness in London.

The award nomination is for the London Youth Gateway, a partnership between New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing, tackling youth homeless across the capital together. The London Youth Gateway is enabled through the London Councils’ ‘Youth Homelessness Commission for London’. We offer a unique, innovative and very effective response to the many major changes happening in the external environment which affect both young people and service providers.

By working in partnership and combining our resources, networks and expertise, the London Youth Gateway has shown to be able to:

  • provide a truly comprehensive service and flexible response to the changing needs of young people (16-25) who are homeless or at risk, achieving a more profound longer-term impact on young vulnerable people’s lives in terms of accommodation, health, training and employment.
  •  expand our work into each of the inner and outer London boroughs, achieving a truly London-wide reach. The London Youth Gateway helps the most hard to reach young Londoners and makes it easier for young people to get the help they need. Nearly 4,500 young people from across the capital benefited from the London Youth Gateway in 2013/14.
  • operate a successful partnership, which has enabled the partners to develop and sustain their organisations at a time of major upheaval in the homelessness sector, while retaining the identity and independence of their organisations.  By working together, we are able to achieve more longer term outcomes for young homeless people and each of the partners.


Shelagh O’Connor, Director of lead partner New Horizon Youth Centre, says:

“Working in partnership on the ‘youth homeless commission for London’  has proved to me how effective the London Youth Gateway can be in making a real impact on young people’s lives. Sharing an ethos and history of working together has underpinned our success and has helped our development and sustainability for the future”

The Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards are supported by the London Housing Foundation, London Councils and Shelter.  The award ceremony will take place on 16 October at Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.

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