Springboard: Young Persons Engagement Project

Our Springboard project engages with young people aged 16 to 25 who have experienced homelessness.

Through one-to-one sessions with a key worker as well as weekly group sessions, the Springboard project offers a kind and safe environment for young people to share their experiences and challenges with others who have also faced adversity.

Often in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing, this project also aims to support young people to interact with others of their own age who have faced similar issues.

Springboard is open to 32 people every year to attend one-to-one support sessions and engage in activities that are meaningful to them, and include:

Mental health remains an enduring issue for young people. Springboard’s first goal is to create a sense of community and a safe peer group where young people can start to address their issues and engage with services.

Regular activities include bouldering at the Climbing Hangar London, classes with Accumulate London, workshops with Cardboard Citizens, visits to Westminster University, and much more!

Springboard key workers also support young people’s skills development in employment, training, and education. Examples of programmes joined by Springboard clients include the Prince’s Trust Programme and, in the past, the Pret Foundation Rising Stars Programme

Springboard stories

Nova’s Story

Nova is a young person who we saw blossom after a very difficult start. Nova became homeless at just 18 years old, she slept on friend’s floors for a couple of years, before having no choice but to sleep on the streets for a couple of months.

Ashley’s story

Ashley first experienced homelessness at the young age of 16 due to a family breakdown before finding work with accommodation. Just over 18, he lost his job and was pushed into homelessness again. He spent a few months sofa surfing before having to sleep rough.

Daniella’s story

At only 22, Daniella was approached by our Outreach team while sleeping rough. She had been sofa surfing during her last year at university, where she studied English literature. After joining SPEAR’s peer mentoring programme, the Springboard project supported Daniella to take a Level 3 Education and Training course. She now works for a charity as a career specialist to support young people who have been through the care system to receive training and employment and rents her own flat.

Resources to help with mental health
and wellbeing

If you’re going through a tough time, you’re not alone. There are a lot of information and resources to help.

This guide shows you support available locally as well as tips and advice on how to manage your mental health and wellbeing.