“The ForHousing care leavers pledge is a trailer for the rest of your life”

Giving young people the opportunity to thrive and flourish in their community is at the heart of our purpose to improve lives.

Last year, we were excited to kickstart our care leavers pledge, as part of a commitment with other members of Greater Manchester Housing Providers, to support young people leaving care to have the best start in life, particularly those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

In Salford alone, we invested £3.5 million in 44 homes as part of Andy Burnham’s ‘A Bed Every Night’ initiative and our Forfutures team work closely with tenants for two years to link them to training and long-term employment.

We’ve always been passionate about helping young people find their feet, including Freya*, who described the scheme as ‘a trailer for the rest of your life’.

Before moving to Chariot Close, Freya* lived in supported housing, provided by Salford City Council’s Next Steps team. Now she has a place of her own and her self-belief is growing every day.

“The scheme has given me the confidence to know that I can actually live by myself, and it was comforting to know that I had extra support through the scheme.”

We are excited to continue working with other partners, like Next Steps, and commercial organisations to support care leavers through securing employment and training opportunities as well as securing important household items.

We believe every young person deserves a positive start in life, and look forward to supporting more care leavers to achieve their potential and open the door to new possibilities.

*Name has been changed to protect identity.