Please jump for the Amber Foundation, each year we have to raise 35-40% of our income from charitable sources and we need your help and support.
Amber is a small, independent charity that helps homeless and unemployed young people in crisis to positively turn their lives around. We do this by offering a temporary, safe place to live with 30 other young people at one of our three residential centres based in Devon, Wiltshire and Surrey. There, in a calm and nurturing environment, we provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and training that builds their motivation, self-discipline and skill set. We inspire them to take responsibility for their lives and move on to education or employment and safe, sustainable accommodation. Latest figures indicate that over 83,000 young people experience homelessness each year. There are many factors that can lead to a young person becoming homeless including; family breakdown, abuse, leaving care, rent rises or losing their job. Sometimes they make bad decisions and thing can go wrong. Once homeless it can be very difficult to find work, find accommodation and get back on your feet.
Founded in 1995, Amber has developed significant expertise in helping marginalised young people address their personal challenges; we help them rebuild their self-confidence and self-esteem, focus on what they want to achieve in their future and build on their skill set. We have a strong history of delivering training and accreditation in a range of basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, teamwork, housing and tenancy matters, health and fitness etc. We also firmly believe in the value of new experiences and community engagement to create lasting change. Amber works. Over the past ten years the number of "Amberteers" leaving for work, college or achieving a major goal has been consistently over 80% and all of them moved into sustainable accommodation. Our success with reducing unemployment, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction and re-offending also provides a wider community benefit.