1,250

people housed

8,000

given advice

9,250

lives changed

Above is a film made featuring Doorway's young people telling about their experiences of how how they came to be homeless.  A local film company approached Doorway and the young people's were passionate about making a film to dispel the myths of youth homelessness. They called the film "Hidden Homelessness IS an Issue".  Young people were fully involved in making the film and they all enjoyed making it.  The film was shown at a cinema and they bravely stood on stage for a question and answer session with the audience after the showing. 

Doorway has worked with well over 9,000 young people since 1997.  Many young people we see come from areas of multiple deprivation. Our experienced and long service staff team recognise the importance of listening to the needs of young people so that they can provide tailored made support to each young person and build trust. 

It has been a privilege to see our clients move from a position of being extremely vulnerable to moving on positively from our services. We undertook a long term impact survey in January 2016 of young people who had left more than a year before. None of them had been homeless again and all were in employment or training with two of them at university. We asked for comments or what they remembered about Doorway

“I always remember that everyone joined in and no one was ever left out. The courses were all relevant, helped me manage my money and bills and gain a better understanding of what I would have to pay when I got my own place.”

“Non-judgemental staff & positive support workers – willing to help.”

"..... you helped me out a lot when I was at my lowest and vulnerable. I always got the help I needed and if I never understood anything you always took the time to help me understand it. You helped me achieve a better start in life and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.”

"Life was very dark for me back then, but with the help of Doorway I found myself again and while I still struggle from time to time I’m more of a person I ever was back then.”

“I was very lucky I had Doorway to help me because back then I didn’t really have much in life. YOU ARE AMAZING.”

It doesn’t only have a significant impact on the lives of people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, it also brings wider social and economic benefits. A respondent to our stakeholder survey said:

“Your young volunteers are great ambassadors and evidence how you support their progression and integration into their communities. Well done.”