Young people’s needs

Last year over 750 young people, who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness, approached our Youth MAPS homelessness prevention service for support. We’ve seen a 30% increase in the number of young people who are homeless in recent years, with their needs becoming increasingly complex.  

The challenges young people face are alarming: 

• Over 60% of those who approach us are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). 

• 100% come to us with emotional and wellbeing needs, often linked to trauma. 

The housing crisis, cost of living crisis, growing mental health challenges, and the lingering effects of COVID-19 have all contributed to creating an exceptionally difficult environment for young people. 

We are committed to addressing these urgent needs and providing the support necessary for young people to find stability and hope – and by restoring Kingsley Hall we’ll create a safe, welcoming and thriving centre where the city’s most disadvantaged young people can build their mental wellbeing, develop skills and rebuild their lives. 

We’ve listened to more than 450 young people and 40 local organisations, and know that young people need: 

Welcoming, safe spaces  

Young people will be able to overcome isolation, improve their mental wellbeing and create connections with their support workers, wellbeing coaches and peers – from space for activities (including music and art) and participation (through our various youth forums) to space for one-to-one coaching and wellbeing groups.   

New training spaces  

Working closely with City of Bristol College and other training providers, Kingsley Hall will provide high-quality training facilities where young people can re-engage in education, gain qualifications and access employment opportunities in a safe, welcoming environment. Courses on offer will include Maths and English and vocational taster courses alongside meetings with local employers, colleges and universities – providing opportunities to progress into high-quality jobs and training.    

Brand new social enterprise café and training kitchen 

Offering delicious food and drink while equipping young people with essential work experience and skills development, and supporting independence through food by enabling healthy eating habits and cooking skills.   

New affordable homes  

We’re creating 9 new studio flats for young people moving on from our supported housing and ready to engage in education and employment – providing the foundation from which they can build successful, independent lives. 

Through paid traineeships, apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering, young people are shaping the renovation as decision-makers. Our diverse and engaged Heritage Youth Board provides expert advice and direction and is co-designing the renovated building with our architects. 

You can hear about the benefits and how young people are involved from our Heritage Trainee, Kiki in her blog post.

Transforming Kingsley Hall will ensure that vulnerable young people can develop the skills and healthy relationships they need to thrive independently – offering hope and opportunity for young people well into the future.