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Youth Homeless North East: Home and a Job

Youth Homeless North East: Home and a Job

18 April 2015 - 23 May 2015

This exhibition is in The Granary

80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK every year. Times are hard because the country is in the process of recovering from recession and austerity measures have taken their toll. At times of economic stress it is often the most vulnerable who are blamed for contributing to the problem, as they are seen as being a draw on the nations resources, but also as not willing to contribute to society at large. The Home and a Job projects set out to understand what these changes have meant to the lives of young people affected by homelessness and to challenge homeless stereotypes.

The  ‘Home and a job’ project consisted of combining participatory research and an arts project throughout the North East region. We wanted to find out from young people about how their lives have been affected in a recovering Britain in the current economic climate. The research focused on 5 key themes, employment, housing, mental and physical health, relationships, having enough money to live on.   47 young people took part in the research and artwork from across the region, aged 16 – 25 years old. The findings of the research together with the experiences expressed through art and poetry demonstrate the difficulties young people affected by homelessness face in managing day to day and maintaining hope for the future.  For more information please visit