Local Solutions has secured £490,000 from Comic Relief to run a three year mentoring program for young people aged 16-21 who do not have a secure place to live. The project will be called ‘Sports Horizon’ and will support young people to gain life skills to progress to training & employment and to sustain settled accommodation, using sports as a way to develop skills.
The program will be a mix of watersports, landbased sports, a sporting challenge residential alongside mentoring, housing and tenancy support and supporting young people to gain qualifications, training and employment. It builds on the successes of Local Solution’s work supporting homeless people and experience supporting vulnerable groups at Liverpool Watersports Centre.
“We’re excited to receive this funding as it brings together two things we’re already doing – supporting young people at risk of homelessness and using watersports to help people gain skills and confidence. We regularly take young people from our projects to take part in watersports and we’ve seen the impact that this has in terms of improved motivation and raising people’s aspirations. With this funding we can offer this opportunity to a much wider group of young people."
Tom Harrison, head of Homelessness Developments at Local Solutions
Sports Horizon will launch in September 2019 and will support 40-50 young people each year.