AKT is a nationwide charity, their Newcastle branch is located in 45-51 George Street, Newcastle, NE4 7JN. Their website is https://www.akt.org.uk/news/akt-in-newcastle. They assist young LGBTQ+ people, aged 16-25 who have experienced abuse or rejection and require support in finding suitable, safe and supportive accommodation. They have helped people access support from social services in applying for the right benefits and applying for suitable accommodation. They provide assistance with the immediate things like access to emergency funds, and a safe place to stay whilst more permanent arrangements are being made. Their success stories are an inspiration to read. They help ensure that when life has thrown up some very challenging situations that people are not then more vulnerable and more at risk due to where they find themselves. After the initial stages of ensuring that safety and support are firmly in place they help people rebuild their lives, set gaols for the their future, help them determine what direction they would like their futures to go in.
Nearly one quarter of homeless young people identify as LGBTQ+. People who are LGBTQ+ and made homeless, face the risk of sexual exploitation, violence, substance misuse and discrimination. AKT work to ensure that when someone is experiencing difficulties or uncertainty, they have somewhere safe to stay and the right amount of support, and once that crisis stage has been overcome they work with people in a more long term way to provide them the input and resources they need to rebuild.
Abuse can take many forms, sometimes it is physical, sometimes emotional, sometimes verbal, and sometimes it is sexual abuse. Rejection is an equally traumatic life event and also places young people at risk. If you or someone you know needs support, get in touch with AKT on 0191 281 0099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.