No Limits offers information, advice, counselling, advocacy and support for young people under 26 living in Southampton and Hampshire. These services are provided via their three drop-ins, local secondary schools, further education colleges and other community settings. Young people can come to them to talk about any issues that they are facing.
A significant number of the young people they support are from vulnerable or hard to reach groups – looked after children, those who are homeless, NEET, or have health issues (mental health, sexual health, and substance misuse), young parents and young people with emotional and behavioural issues. Last year they helped 5,400 young people on 45,000 occasions.
The DM Thomas Foundation award supported their work with homeless young people. In 2014-15, No Limits supported 529 young people who were at risk of homelessness, and 172 young people who were street homeless. The support of the Foundation ensured that No Limits was able to provide young people with facilities to have a shower, wash and dry their clothes as well as access to food and fruit. Homeless young people are particularly vulnerable and by helping No Limits to provide a friendly and non judgemental environment they were able to work with these young people in a holistic way, finding out about their issues and supporting them to find a way forward. For some, this meant resolving issues with their family and moving back home. Others found a place in a hostel or supported housing. Some were supported to move in to independent accommodation. No Limits also gave them ongoing support around other issues such as substance misuses, being NEET or having mental health issues.
Here’s what young people said about No Limits’ homelessness services:
“Pretty cool, didn’t realise there were washing facilities etc. which amazed me. Nice to know those facilities are there to be used.”
“Such a helpful place. Me and my girlfriend would not have ever washed or felt better about ourselves if it wasn’t for the help from No Limits.”
“Helps you to understand tenancies and helps you get ready for independent living.”
“Really helpful for young people. Understanding and reliable.”
DM Thomas Foundation awarded No Limits a grant of £1,500 in 2015.