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PM backs Depaul's No. 10 Roundtable

May 30th, 2019

Depaul UK highlights youth homelessness with 10 Downing Street Roundtable discussion

To mark its 30th anniversary, Depaul UK was invited today (Thursday, 30 May 2019) into 10 Downing Street for a high-level Roundtable discussion on youth homelessness.

Prime Minister Theresa May gave her personal backing to the special Youth Homelessness Roundtable, which focused on how to prevent young people from becoming homeless.

Mrs May said: “Since 1989 Depaul has done excellent work supporting young people at risk of homelessness. I wanted to bring together a group of experts in the field to discuss what more could be done to prevent youth homelessness.”

The Roundtable, which was attended by two Government ministers and key figures from the homelessness sector, discussed preventing youth homelessness, supporting groups at particular risk of homelessness such as LGBT young people, creating a stronger welfare safety net and the Government’s Young Future’s Fund, part of its Rough Sleepers Strategy, announced last summer.

The Minister for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler said: “Today’s discussion has been an excellent opportunity to hear about what really works when it comes to preventing youth homelessness, and I am delighted to join Depaul in celebrating 30 years of pioneering support for some of our most vulnerable young people.

"Everybody deserves a safe and secure place to live, and I look forward to continuing to work with Depaul as we move towards eradicating homelessness.”

Department for Work and Pensions minister Will Quince MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Social Justice, Opportunity and Young People Nero Ughwujabo and three formerly homeless young people from Depaul and one from the AKT (Albert Kennedy Trust) also took part in the Roundtable.

Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “We would like to thank the Prime Minister for inviting us into 10 Downing Street for this important Roundtable.

“There could be no more appropriate way of marking our 30th anniversary as a homelessness charity supporting young people than talking with Government ministers and leaders in the sector to seek solutions to youth homelessness.”

Depaul UK, which runs the national emergency accommodation network Nightstop, supported accommodation and family mediation and prison services, was founded in 1989 in response to young people sleeping rough in central London. It now operates nationally and has led to the creation of Depaul homelessness charities in Ireland, the US, France, Slovakia, Ukraine and Croatia.

Media Contact: Ollie Wilson, Head of Communications, Depaul, Oliver.Wilson@depaulcharity.org.uk, 07823 412127

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