Amber Foundation

Amber Foundation

Charity information

Amber Foundation

A fresh start for young people in crisis.
The Amber Foundation is an independent charity that supports homeless and unemployed young people in crisis to turn their lives around.

Each year we work with 200+ young people (aged 17-30) at our residential centres in Devon, Surrey and Wiltshire and help them rebuild their lives.

Founded 1995

  • Mission statement

    Mission – To transform lives by inspiring marginalised young people to move on to sustainable, independent futures

    Every year around 83,000 young people experience homelessness and more than 150,000 seek help. Young people become homeless for many reasons – family breakdown, drug and alcohol problems, leaving care, losing a job – and once homeless, it can be very difficult to find work, secure accommodation and get back on your feet.

    Amber provides a supported housing environment that’s a little bit different. Not just training and support to address specific issues but new experiences and opportunities that raise aspiration and challenge residents to take responsibility for their lives.

    We offer:
    • Structure, routine and boundaries
    • Life skills such as cooking, cleaning, tenancy and financial management
    • Core educational skills and practical qualifications
    • Peer support and access to counselling
    • Creative projects involving art, crafts, music, film, drama
    • Sport and exercise
    • Giving back, community engagement and volunteering
    • Work experience, CV writing and mock interviews
    • Support to move on to education, employment and safe accommodation

    “Amber gives you the one thing in life
    that everybody needs – regardless of
    their background – hope. Hope and opportunity. ” Amber resident

    Established in 1995, Amber has worked with over 3500 young people

    In the last 5 years 80% have moved into education, employment, voluntary work or achieved a major life goal.

  • Aims

    Amber Foundation aims to:

    • Create and re-build lasting relationships
    • Reduce the damage caused by substance misuse
    • Remove the barriers to long term unemployment
    • Reduce homelessness
    • Reduce the cycle of re-offending among ex-offenders (our re-offending rate at Amber is under 10%)
  • Overview

    Established: December 1995

    Registered Charity Number: 1051388

    Board members: 4

    Full time staff: 25

    Part time staff: 32

    Volunteers: 8

    Phone number: 01769 582020

    Address: Amber Foundation, Ashley Court EX18 7EX

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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