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Young Peoples Support Foundation



52 Oldham Street


M4 1LE

Tel: 0161 228 7654

Fax: 0161 236 5081


YPSF (Signpost)

St Andrew's Hall, Brownley Rd



M22 0DW

Tel: 0161 436 5432

Fax: 0161 437 1055


16/17 referral duty line

07961 586 822

9am to 5pm

Monday to Friday


"They were the only ones there for me" - Sally's Story


When home life became unbearable for A-Level student Sally she asked Social Services for help, but at 17 she was too old for their support. Instead, they suggested she contact YPSF, which has a team of support workers dedicated to giving practical support and advice to young people aged 16 and 17. Now happily concentrating on her studies, Sally explains how YPSF helped get her life back on track.

“My mum has been a drug user since I was 7 years old so I’ve had to grow up quickly; I was always the parent and she was the child,” she says. “Then she started coming off drugs and the roles changed, and suddenly she wanted to be the parent, telling me what to do and how to do things. I found this difficult to cope with and our relationship started to fall apart.”

“One night we had a big argument so I contacted Social Services to see if they could find me a temporary placement. They said that because of my age I was in a weird situation as I was too young to be considered an adult but too old for their care. They told me I should call YPSF to see if they could help me.”

“The first time I went to YPSF it was quite late in the evening and just before Christmas. The first person I met there was John, my caseworker, and he was brilliant. He listened to my situation and then helped me to deal with everything bit by bit. We filled out forms to apply for temporary accommodation, he told me about some benefits I might be entitled to and helped me to fill out the forms and found me somewhere to stay for that night. Because this was all happening over Christmas most of the offices and places John needed to contact were closed, so he spoke to my Nana for me and arranged for me to spend a few nights with her over Christmas. Because of the way things were with my family I didn’t think I could ask her for help, but John was really practical and calm and she agreed straight away.”

“As soon as Christmas was over, YPSF found me a place in the hostel I’m in now and helped me apply for housing. I’m on the Manchester Housing Register and YPSF still helps me to apply for places as they come up and give me advice on how to improve my chances of finding my own tenancy.  

"Since I’ve been in the hostel I’ve got a much better relationship with my mum which is really important to me. I’ve also managed to continue doing my A levels which is a huge relief, because things were so difficult at home I didn’t think I could continue with them and was at the point of giving up.

“Before I went to YPSF I felt as though I had nowhere to turn. I knew I needed help but because of my age there just didn’t seem to be any, I felt like I was told I just had to deal with things myself. They are always saying there are opportunities for young people here but they couldn’t help me when I needed it. John and the staff at YPSF didn’t brush me off or tell me to go home when I went there. They were the only ones there for me and in fact it was the first time I’d every really opened up about what was going on at home. Without them I would’ve been forced to go back to my mum’s and I really can’t imagine what would’ve happened if I’d had to do that. Instead they gave me the confidence to speak to college and explain what was going on.

“Now I’m a lot happier in myself, I’m focussing on my exams and hope to do well and go to University in London to study Criminology.”


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