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Upfront Peer Education

Young People Changing Lives through Peer Education - Preventing Youth Homelessness and Building Independent Living Skills

The Upfront projects have grown out of the ideas of young homeless people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They have said that if someone had told them what they know now about leaving home and being homeless, it would have made a big difference to the choices they made.

Our current Upfront projects are:

  1. Homelessness Prevention Upfront - helping young people understand what it means to be homeless, how people become homeless and what help is available if they experience difficulties at home.
  2. Cash Pointers Upfront - helping young people to learn how to manage money to avoid getting into difficulty and get help when necessary.

The Peer Educators are all young people who have been homeless and/or experienced financial difficulty and want to make a difference to the lives of other young people in their local area. They are supported to plan, deliver and evaluate the workshops by our Peer Education Co-ordinators and have access to accreditation of their learning.


The Workshops

The Peer Educators run workshops in secondary schools and youth settings throughout Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Workshops link closely with the National Curriculum, particularly PSHE and Citizenship.

Our aims for the Homelessness Prevention Upfront project:

  • Inspire and motivate young people to leave home in a planned way
  • Challenge misconceptions about leaving home
  • Reduce youth homelessness
  • Encourage young people to take up support offered by schools, Learning Partnership West, youth workers and voluntary agencies
  • Increase skills and confidence of peer educators
  • Provide accreditation and qualifications, and increase the employability of peer educators
  • Provide opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities

“I got involved because I wanted to help people who’ve had the same experiences so they don’t make the same mistakes when leaving home. It’s important because it helps people from becoming homeless, trying to solve the problems before they leave home.”
Peer Educator

Homelessness Prevention Upfront is funded through Bristol Youth Links.

More Information:
Contact Jamie Smith, Peer Education Co-ordinator:
0117 317 8800 or

Our aims for the Cash Pointers Upfront project:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of peer education as a tool for helping vulnerable young people develop financial skills and confidence
  • Improve young people's skills and knowledge in relation to money and finance
  • Provide positive role models for young people who can share their experiences and lessons learned
  • Challenge myths and gaps in knowledge about money
  • Challenge and improve attitudes to money and finance
  • Provide AQA unit award accreditation

"Hearing how they [peer educators] sorted out their money was can relate to them."
Workshop participant

Cash Pointers Upfront is funded by the Money Advice Service as part of the 'What Works Fund'. As well as delivering peer education, the project will also evaluate what works best, providing a detailed report as part of the project.

More information:
Contact Melanie Lavin, Cash Pointers, Participation and Volunteering Manager
0117 3178800 or

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