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Project information

The Crash Pad Youth Shelter

Open an all year round emergency shelter for your people who are vulnerable and at risk of harm if left on the streets.
A Safe, homely place that young people can rest, assess their options and make plans to progress their lives.

November 2016 - May 2017

Charity information: The Pilion Trust Ltd

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  • Need


    The Problems we are trying to solve are:
    Keep young people safe; support them to develop life skills; advocate for them to statutory services and fight for their rights; Support them into Education, training, apprenticeships, and/or employment; Build self esteem and resilience so they don't end up back on the streets.

    Support the re-connection and building of families, communities and our society. End Social Isolation.

    help put an end to Youth Homelessness!


    Since 2010, we have supported over 1,000 young people from across the UK, to stabilise, look at their needs and wants and become self sufficient , resilient and with self esteem move on into our society and become the success they want to be.

    We don't want them as victims of our social system and Government schemes,we look for them to be the drivers of their destiny and help others along the way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure that we can have an immediate response to a young person in crisis or at risk


    » Run a 24 hours call out service for young people and services to call and offer an emergency bed for the night.
    » Continue to source a broad range of housing options to meet young peoples needs and expectations
    » Run our life skills training and workshops for all young people accessing the project
    » Support and advocate for young people to access employment and/or further education

    What success will look like

    The success will be measured through our monitoring and our initial work with the young people to understand their main need and sign post them to correct services.

    Aim 2

    Develop their inner strength and self worth to help them get through life


    » Run 2 programmes for the young people: 1. SHINE - for the girls to build self esteem and self worth. 2. STRENGTH - for the boys confidence
    » Introduction to Professionals and run workshops to develop key skills and for young people to be Mentored and Befriended.
    » teach them simple life skills to enable them to run a home and stabilise their lives.

    What success will look like

    How many young people complete the 7 week course and through evaluation and monthly reviews of the changes in personality and character.

    Aim 3

    Support them through the difficult early stages of their treatment


    » Partnerships with Mental Health, Abuse, DV, Self Harm Specialists to support the young people to cope with their pasts.
    » Work in partnerships with services that specialise in forms of addiction: Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Gambling, Body Disorder etc.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor and support them through their treatment processes and measure how many started ; how many completed and how many are safe 12 months after completing

    Aim 4

    After care support for 12 months after the young people leave our care,


    » We will ensure that young people will not fail in their first home and loose everything they have worked for to achieve.

    What success will look like

    All young people will be invited to take up the offer; They will be monitored and reviewed every 3 months. We have monitoring and life skills tools that captures soft outcomes.

  • Impact


    It will lessen the issues with gang affiliated crime; reduce low level crime; make our communities and streets safer; give real opportunities to young people; integrate young people back into their communities and families.

    Early identification and prevention of complex needs and appropriate interventions will cost Councils and Government less money and time to Police young people


    The Risks we face are common to all grass roots charities:
    1. Lack of funding and loss of donations.
    2. Become to successful and not cope with the demand
    3. Loose focus of the aim and purpose of the Crash pad.
    4. Increase demand of service by young people.

    How we deal with these risks is to have a public persona and report on the needs of UK Youth.
    Support Government and Councils to understand the need of young people and to support families.
    Via campaigning to end Youth Homelessness.


    Through Annual reports; Funders summaries; Charity Commission and our own website and e-mail database.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £43,900 Staff staffing wages 26 weeks including NI and Pensions
      £13,500 Food Breakfast and Dinners for 20 young people for 26 weeks
      £6,000 Rent Office, counselling, support etc.
      £4,800 Utilities/Insurance Gas, Electric, Water and Insurances
      £4,300 Running Costs Laundry, Cleaning, Printing, Phones, Stationary
      £7,500 Workshops/ Activities Materials and expenses to run workshops and trips for 26 weeks

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sobell Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    VSC £2,000 Guaranteed
    Hilden Charitable Fund £5,000 Conditional
    Lush Charity Pot £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We are located in Central London Near Kings Cross Station. Easy access by bus, trains and tube form all over London.

    Young runaways coming out of Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Liverpool Station have immediate access if needed.


    The Beneficiaries will include:
    100 young people accepted to the shelter.
    35 young people accessing the support and counselling
    Local communities and business
    Support Services and their workers
    Criminal Justice Services
    Social Services.
    All the above benefit from the shelter. it heals 360 degrees of those involved with young people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We saw that the need for this service is there; we designed the model of service delivery and we have over 6 years experience of working with young people with complex needs and issues,

    We are small and family orientated and the the young people accept us and enjoy the time they spend with us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sam Parrington - Staff

    Project Coordinator

    Jerone Hipplewith

    Youth Worker

    Shirley Kirwan

    volunteer - teacher in Maths and English

    John Beck

    Trainer - Cooking, Life skills and baking


Covers one young person's stay including food, bedding, support etc for 1 week