Support - AKT
AKT supports lgbtq+ youth experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment
£6 can cover the cost of a hygiene kit with key toiletries for a young person
£35 could cover the cost of safe accommodation for one night
AKT support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.Founded in 1989, akt was set up in Manchester by ally Cath Hall, a foster carer who found that many gay, lesbian and bisexual young people were not receiving the care and support they need and deserve.
AKT since its founding has supported more young people from lgbtq+ in the UK by providing the following support:
- Access to advice from one of our housing specialists
- Connection to a mentor for one-to-one support
- Access to our emergency support pack or tenancy starter pack
- Accommodation with a specially trained akt host
- A place to stay in our Purple Door accommodation service
- A safe place with one of our many housing provider partners
- Access to life skills training, events and peer support networks
Young people from lgbtq+ background are most likely to be homeless and face violence. According to AKT 24% of homeless young people identify as lgbtq+ and 77% of the LGBTQ+ young people AKT work with believe coming out at home was the main factor in causing their homelessness and so it's vital that they are supported in an environment that is inclusive and celebrates their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.
With your support AKT can support more members of LGBTQ+ and build a safer community for everyone to thrive.