young people

We deliver 21 specialist services for 12 local authorities, supporting more than 1,200 young people every year to make the transition from care to adulthood and independence. Our offer is personalised and flexible, provided by caring, compassionate staff with a strong focus on ambition and aspiration. We’re passionate about supporting our young people to fulfil their potential and move onto happy, independent lives.

Valentina

Hounslow Young People

Hounslow Young People is the first Look Ahead service in Hounslow and the first time we have delivered a complete young people pathway within a borough. The service supports 74 customers across six sites, including two mother and baby units, and is moving towards supporting young people with higher needs. The service is founded on positive partnerships formed with key NHS and social care stakeholders.

Therapist and Group Facilitator Valentina supports customers and staff in different ways as part of a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE). My work is part of developing a PIE which better responds to the challenges presented by our young people. I support staff’s emotional needs to improve their motivation and develop their aspirations within the organisation. I work with customers through one-to-one and group sessions and support staff by facilitating reflective practice, complex case discussion and specialist training. I also lead on building relationships with other mental health agencies in order to increase partnerships within the borough. Supporting the team in developing a psychological framework is essential to providing therapeutic support and helping young people to address their emotional needs and shape their lives.”

Aleksandra, Housing Officer

Aleks was 17 when she moved into our Southwark Young People supported accommodation service, after her relationship with her mother broke down. She lived with us for three years, during which she trained as one of our Peer Support Volunteers and gained her BSc in Criminology through London South Bank University. She has recently started work as one of our newest Housing Officers.

Aleksandra
I volunteered with Look Ahead when I was at university, and it showed me that this was the field I wanted to go into. Volunteering gave me the confidence and knowledge to become a support worker, and I pushed myself further by applying successfully for a housing officer position. My support worker motivated me a lot, she noticed when I stopped going to college and sorted me out. Without having a stable place I wouldn’t have been able to finish university and be where I am now.”
Our
49 Peer Support Volunteers and
24 Experts by Experience volunteers
develop their skills and confidence through our specialist training courses.