New initiative to tackle youth homelessness

Forty per cent of homelessness cases in the High Peak in the last three years have involved people aged 16 to 24.

And a new initiative aimed at preventing homelessness in young people is taking place at schools and youth centres across the borough.

High Peak Borough Council has teamed up with Zest Theatre to work with young people to highlight what being homeless is really like and how to avoid it.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, the council’s executive member for housing, said: “Homelessness amongst young people is an increasing issue - 40 per cent of cases in the High Peak in the last three years have been people aged 16 to 24.

“We need to stop this rise by working with the community to tackle the reasons why individuals in the age group are becoming homeless.”

Zest Theatre’s production, Until it’s Gone, follows two years of 17-year-old Craig’s life. Craig lives at home with his mum, is popular, has a girlfriend and thinks he has it all but things change when he decides to leave home before he’s ready.

The play features a cast of four professional actors and has been seen by around 25,000 young people.