The Albert Kennedy Trust was set up in 1989 to address the issue of homelessness amongst the LGBTQ+ youth of Manchester. Founded by six volunteers, it has since grown to cover London and Newcastle.
The charity has built a strong relationship with the LGBTQ+ community and prides itself on the tireless work of its team of volunteers, patrons and supporters who provide a range of outreach and development programmes to the homeless LGBTQ+ youth of their locations.
“OUR MISSION: PREVENTING LGBTQ+ YOUTH HOMELESSNESS, BECAUSE NO YOUNG PERSON SHOULD HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A SAFE HOME AND BEING WHO THEY ARE.”
With due care and diligence, they have helped and established a safe environment for young people aged 16-25 who might otherwise be in danger, by building bridges and offering a safe haven of support. The team are building on their work and ever-expanding network to create diversity and understanding.
A major part of this is guiding their young people how to cope with life away from family, as it’s become all too common for LGBTQ+ youth to be forced out of their family homes before they have gained sufficient life skills such as cooking or paying bills. The Albert Kennedy Trust is working tirelessly to find a way to give them a place in a world that has rejected them.
They are also working with the community at large to create a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ plight, especially for the younger people they support, as the world changes some things stay the same and the teamwork to fix it.
At this time, they are undergoing growth and building on the amazing work of the charity to give support to the community and provide a safe place for the next generation, with the introduction of digital mentors who are there to help when needed and a live chat feature which can be accessed on their website.
For more information on the Albert Kennedy Trust or to donate, see the website: https://www.akt.org.uk