The East Anglia Anchorage Trust is a new community housing and support organisation, providing flexible tenures for local young people who face complex circumstances, but who are ready to move forward in their lives.
The Trust works by bringing together social and community development support services, with ethical investors and landlords, to improve the availability of high quality and affordable housing for vulnerable young people.
To increase social value in deprived communities and enable young people who are experiencing a complexity of social challenges, to improve confidence and self-esteem, so that they can raise their aspirations and reach their full potential
Since forming in March 2015, the Trust has seen over 70 referrals from young people aged 18 – 30 who were homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or vulnerably housed, We know the need is much greater than this. Of the 37 people we have housed we have found a consistency in the type of needs experienced by young people living in Great Yarmouth, including (1) a lack of confidence, life and learning skills, (2) key employability skills and long-term unemployment, (3) poor peer networks and an absence of positive family structures.
We aim to influence and secure positive change in our young people to better equip them for full independence and their aspirations for the future.
The East Anglia Anchorage Trust will offer projects and support in collaboration with key partners to take young people on a bespoke and individual journey to a brighter future enabling young people to hand pick the support they need and want. The overall 'Brighter Futures Journey is at the core of everything we do. This brings in the other elements of support we offer as part of this journey. You can read more about the different areas of work. Huge thanks to our funders, commissioners and partners who make this work possible.
Tenancy Support & Accommodation
Facilitating good quality, affordable and sustainable tenancies through our network of partner landlords who offer accommodation exclusively to working in partnership with us we then provide responsive tenancy support, a personal development plan and support young people to set goals to move forward to full independence.
First Step looks to secure young people by linking them with positive activities, securing suitable housing and planning for any further support needs before engaging with other projects which look to a longer term intervention. This project looks to focus on goals, aspirations, confidence and planning for the future. This project provides group workshops and weekly 1 to 1 support sessions which support young people to report an improvement in their: (1) self-confidence and self-belief, (2) aspirations and ability to appropriately communicate their emotions, feelings and aspirations, (3) be inspired and motivated to set personal goals and understand the steps required to achieve them.
Brighter Futures is a full journey employability and personal development programme with the aim of taking homeless or those who have experienced homelessness into long term, sustainable employment opportunities and look to increase their aspirations and confidence. This project is a collaborative project with Inspired Youth which also brings in other agencies who provide a unique skill set to enhance the package of support around each young person. The project works with partner employers and agencies to open opportunities.
A youth social action project for young people to challenge issues that young people face in Great Yarmouth. This project develops young people in confidence, communication and skills working with Harbour Radio, our local community radio station, GYBP and Inspired Youth.
'Listening With Care' Counselling Service
A collaborative project with Great Yarmouth College offering a confidential and safe environment to talk about challenges young people face in moving forward and developing their own coping strategies.
Tenancy Drop In
Weekly tenancy drop-in on top of the tenancy support to provide young people with a chance to discuss issues they may be facing or access extra support if required. Young people new to the trust can also use this to find out about our services and how they can shape the work we do. Often joined by landlords and partner support services to offer advice and support in a range of areas.
Working with two local businesses to provide young people with a structured and engaging course on money management, financial awareness and an understanding of all aspects of finances such as APR, Rent, Budgeting priorities and savings.
Great Yarmouth Town Football Club Partnership
As part of our partnership with Great Yarmouth Town FC those young people who are looking for positive activity in which to engage with and who have participated in other activities can now receive a pass for all home games and are encouraged to offer support and volunteering to the club. The managers raised an incredible £3000 towards our work.
By being their very much for our young people this can have great benefits for the landlords who work with us to provide accommodation for them. Working with our partners LNR Property Investments, Stressless Property Solutions and others to identify the requirements of our partner landlords to offer affordable, good quality accommodation to our young people.