SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People project) is an award winning project that works to inspire Young People to Dream more, Learn more, Do more and Become more.
SHYPP works with 16-25 year olds across Herefordshire who are Homeless or at risk of Homelessness. We provide housing, training and employment opportunities through our range of accommodation in Ross, Hereford and Leominster. SHYPP also provides an outreach support service, which works across the county.
SHYPP aims to get young people through tough times and make a positive transition into an independent thriving lifestyle.
We rely on fundraising and donations to make our work with young people possible. If you would like to donate to SHYPP or find out how else you can #supportSHYPP go to www.sponsorshypp.co.uk or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shypp
“Suicide. Desperation. Hate. Anger. Loss. Panic. Loneliness. Scared. Frightened. Hurt. Sadness. Shame. This is how I felt when i was homeless.” says former SHYPP young person Hugo Sugg, who is now studying at university.
Hugo Sugg recently told the Hereford Times “I owe my life to SHYPP because there were times were I considered jumping off a bridge because I didn’t feel like a person – I was living on the street, I didn’t have a home or food, I didn’t have money and now it is all at risk. I got lucky, who will be there for the next person?”
Seb Bowley who is now a full time customer services partner at Waitrose says:
“I’d lost my first job and was trying to find a place to live that would take housing benefit, which isn’t easy in this city.I was sleeping on different sofas and in my car and really felt that I was left on the scrap heap – at such a young age that wasn’t easy.”
Fortunately SHYPP’s support of Seb has lead to a successful outcome. However statistically young people are more likely to fail in their tenancy and there is strong evidence to show that when this leads to homelessness the pressures on social services, A&E, police and mental health services increases.
SHYPP is part of West Mercia Homes and WM Housing Group