In the UK each year 80,000 young people experience homelessness, often through no fault of their own.
We support hundreds of young people each year who find themselves homeless. We provide somewhere safe for them to live and call home, the support and guidance they need to help regain control of their lives, and teach young people the skills they need for the future.
Young people can suddenly find themselves homeless for a number of reasons. The most common cause of youth homelessness is family breakdown – arguments and a breakdown in relationships, usually with parents or step-parents. Other reasons include over-crowding at home, financial problems, suffering domestic abuse or bullying, leaving care such as a foster placement and mental health problems.
Young people who become homeless are more likely to face long-term difficulties. Without support, homelessness can significantly affect the future of a young person - for example, they may face great difficulties finding work as homelessness can disrupt their engagement in education, training and employment.
Homelessness also has the potential to have long-term implications on someone’s physical and mental health, and can lead to issues with substance misuse. In turn, substance misuse within homelessness has a strong link to offending behaviour.
How do BCHA help?
BCHA gives homeless young people a chance to turn their lives around, and prepare for a future where they can realise their potential - helping them to gain the skills and confidence to move on and live independently.
We provide a number of services throughout Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Wiltshire, and work with young people who have come to us for many different reasons and have varying support needs.
If you're a young person facing homelessness, currently sleeping rough, or do not have a safe and stable place to stay, then click on the pages to the left to read more about the services we provide and how we may be able to help you.