Supporting Young People Living Independently

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kathy Gilmore, Executive Director of Housing Support, Liverty 
  • Paul Noblet, Head of Public Affairs, Centrepoint
  • Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder & Director, The IARS International Institute
  • Damian Durkan-Reid, Operations Manager, Open Door Independent Living Project
  • Becca Bland, Chief Executive, Stand Alone
  • Janes Van-Vollenstee, Operations Manager – Care Services, Break
  • (Chair) Ann Tighe, Chief Executive, CAYSH


Millions of young people aged 16-24 live independently from their families or care systems. Almost 300,000, according to one article, do not receive enough support and as such do not benefit from the welfare system or means of getting into work. Useful skills and financial literacy can often be lacking meaning that young people entering adult life struggle to make ends meet. More must be done to ensure young people are given the right start in their adult lives.

Join Westminster Briefing to hear what steps are being taken to support young people living independently. Learn what obligations you must follow to bring more young people into education or work and discover how agencies are enabling young people to make their own decisions.

Keys to be addressed:

  • The Youth Obligation Support Programme: progress so far
  • Who are these young people and how many? 
  • Where are we going?
  • Building a system to better monitor and support independent young people
  • Ensuring the housing system provides adequate secure housing for young people
  • Providing specialist work coaches to advise young people on their choices
  • Providing young people with equipment, training and funds for work
  • Understanding the benefit system and claims they are eligible for 
  • Overcoming financial illiteracy for those living alone
  • Helping young people budget for basic living costs 

The event:

The morning sessions will look at the current landscape in which young people living independently find themselves. It will also explore what support is available and how it should be made more readily accessible for those who need it. 

The afternoon session will look at innovative ways agencies are enabling young people to successfully live on their own, whether that be through making them more financially literate or helping them understand the government support they are entitled to. 

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from: local authority children's services, children’s social care teams, social workers, leaving care teams, youth services, benefits offices, children’s charities, employment and training officers, voluntary organisations, and anyone with an interest in improving outcomes for young people living independently.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Wednesday 12th September 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Charity Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each
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