SHAID provides a range of housing advice, support and related services to help young people make the difficult transition to living independently in the community.
The sort of things we can help you with include:
Advice if you are thinking of leaving home
Help in finding somewhere to live
Basic advice on your housing rights
Support if you find yourself homeless
Help with filling in forms and dealing with red tape, including benefit claims
Guidance about managing your money and paying bills
Support if you are living on your own
Someone to listen to you if you have problems, and help you decide on how to deal with them
Learning to plan meals, shop and cook
Putting you in touch with comminity groups and facilities
Advice on finding interesting things to do with your time (work, training courses, clubs, volunteering, sports).
Drop’in sessions, a chance to meet other young people in similar situations and chat with support workers.
Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID) grew out of a local seminar, held in September 1993, in the relation to the housing needs of young single people. Concern had been growing within the Statutory and Voluntary Sectors in the District, for the diverse range of difficulties that appeared to be worsening for this age group.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Governance for SHAID is the responsibility of our Board of Directors which consists of representatives from various voluntary and statutory agencies as well as members of the community who have an interest in youth homelessness.