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Project information

Supported accommodation for homeless young people

We provide practical and emotional support for vulnerable young homeless people aged 16 to 25 in the Cotswold District area. Young people who have nowhere to go, due to abuse, leaving care or family breakdown,come to stay at Chyp and we help them get their lives back on track.

April 2015 - July 2015

Charity information: Cirencester Housing for Young People

Cirencester Housing for Young People logo
  • Need


    All of Chyp’s clients are economically and educationally disadvantaged and Chyp and have suffered from complicated and insurmountable challenges in their lives. No young person is homeless without something going seriously wrong in their life at some point. Each young person has their own unique set of problems requiring individual attention. Most importantly they need somebody they can trust and rely on, often for the first time in their lives, that's where Chyp comes in.


    Chyp realises that providing a roof over these young people’s heads isn’t enough. They need help and support to get their lives on track and start living independently. CHYP has demonstrated that intensive support at an early stage can improve the life skills and employability of these young people preventing the slide back into homelessness and benefit dependency.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide supported accommodation for young homeless people aged 16 to 25 in Cotswold District.


    » Help those who are in genuine need and are homeless to come and live at Chyp.

    What success will look like

    We receive 1 or 2 referrals a week and our rooms are always full plus we have a waiting list of people need our support.

    Aim 2

    To help these young people get their lives back on track and live independently in the future.


    » Providing practical and emotional support, help them overcome their challenges, find education, training or work and housing to live in independently.

    What success will look like

    Success for us is when our young people are confident enough to live independently which is what is achieved in most cases.

  • Impact


    To provide these young people with the life skills to be able to live more fulfilling lives independently and not be homeless again. Our young people often stay in touch and let us know how their lives are progressing.


    Government funding was taken away but we are now funded through our charity shop and our fundraising activities with the help of lots of local support from individuals, businesses, schools, colleges and foundations.


    By email if the donors wish or via news on our website. We try and keep admin costs down.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Housing Officer Housing Officer supprt for one year, to work on one to one basis with our young people

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust pledge £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Cirencester and support throughout Cotswold District


    There are increasing numbers of homeless young people, particularly in the 16-18 year age group due to rising number of family breakdowns and those leaving care aged 16 who are unprepared for independent living. SHELTER has highlighted the Cotswolds as one of the least affordable areas in the UK in which to live due to the large gap between average earnings and housing costs. Landlords will not accommodate under 18s and there is a severe lack of affordable housing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with young people since 1986 and in this time have helped over 500 young people. Our young people have said they do not know where they would be without Chyp and that we are their "family" when they have none else to turn to.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Housing Officer

    To work with the new resident to assess their individual needs, then to provide support, advice and counselling as appropriate.