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The Albert Kennedy Trust

"We are the national LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity; focused on prevention and early action we provide: safe homes, mentoring, training, advocacy and support to young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment after coming out to their parents, care givers and peers." 

The Albert Kennedy Trust is a charity close to our hearts and therefore will be donating 5% of our love is love and rainbow knitted jumper sales to the charity. Our brand is all about being proud of who you are and expressing yourself freely. We believe no one should be out on the streets, especially because of their sexuality and being who they are. 

Please help donate to their winter appeal, Out of the cold. 

 

£25.00 could keep a young person safe in LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation for a night

£50.00 can cover multiple nights of safety, as well as toiletries, mobile phone top-up, food vouchers and travel allowance.

 

Or make a one-off donation or frequent donation, click here.

 

JOHN'S STORY

JOHN, A YOUNG GAY MAN FROM MANCHESTER, FLED HIS HOMOPHOBIC FATHER’S ATTACKS AFTER COMING OUT TO HIS PARENTS.

JOHN SPENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS SLEEPING IN A GAY SAUNA, AS IT PROVIDED WARMTH DURING THE FREEZING WINTER NIGHTS, ALTHOUGH THIS MADE HIM MORE VULNERABLE.

He also admitted to stealing a cheap bottle of wine one day in order to be arrested and spend a night in the security of a police cell. John then met a gay couple who offered him a room in their flat, which he accepted without knowing anything about them. It soon became evident that they were controlling and violent. They ‘milked’ John for money, took his benefits off him, pawned some of his possessions and made advances on him when they had been drinking. Because of this, John was prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping tablets for anxiety and depression, although he was afraid of taking his sleeping tablets for fear of what the men would do to him if he fell asleep. John contacted AKT stating he was homeless. John had an appointment with the local authority but during the assessment process he was too upset to complete it. AKT helped him get through the assessment and he was subsequently awarded a duty of care by the local authority as a vulnerable adult and offered emergency accommodation. He decided to stay at the flat through fear of blackmail.

 

AKT SUPPORTED JOHN IN MAKING A HOUSING APPLICATION FOR HIS OWN ACCOMMODATION, HELPED HIM COMPLETE THE FORMS AND SUPPORTED HIM IN ATTENDING MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS.

 

But having stayed at the flat, John’s depression was becoming worse and he disclosed that he was trying to order poison off the internet in order to take his own life. AKT liaised with the mental health crisis intervention team and supported him throughout the sessions. At one point John came into the office and emotionally broke down, stating he wanted to take his own life and had the poison on him. AKT staff took John to Accident and Emergency so that he could receive appropriate medical attention. A few days later John returned to the office stating he was now ready to leave the couple. The local authority has now rehoused John in supported lodgings.

 

TONY'S STORY

Tony had experienced verbal and physical abuse from his mother all his life. He was kicked out when he came out as bisexual and had nowhere to go when he contacted AKT. AKT was able to provide funds for Tony to get a birth certificate and renew their passport. After staying at back packers provided by AKT and Nightstop, Tony is living in a young people’s supported accommodation and looking forward to completing level 2 of their college course. 

 

 

JANE'S STORY

 

 

AKT SUPPORTED JANE OVER A TWO YEAR PERIOD, HELPING TO BUILD UP HER EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE, IMPROVE HER WELL-BEING AND INCREASE HER SOCIAL SKILLS.

 

 

She was supported into one of our properties and was given access to talking therapies and medical services, as well as taking part in various AKT social activities including presenting at the AKT Youth Conference on stage in front of a full audience.

AKT also provided clothes so that she could attend her father's funeral, and paid for her CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) test so that she could ride a motorcycle to visit her mother who was given a potentially terminal diagnosis. 

 

WITHOUT THE ACCESS TO THE SUPPORT FROM AKT AND THE RAINBOW STARTER FUND, JANE WOULD HAVE STRUGGLED FINANCIALLY TO ATTEND HER FATHER'S FUNERAL AND TO BE WITH HER MOTHER AT WHAT IS, UNDERSTANDABLY, A DIFFICULT TIME.