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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 didn't make me feel ashamed or embarrassed" - Carly's Story


When 17 year old Carly finally plucked up the courage to escape an abusive relationship with her baby daughter, she knew she’d need support. When Connexions suggested YPSF, Carly got in touch. She’s now in emergency accommodation with her baby daughter and is soon to move into her own, permanent home with all the support she needs.

Carly explains how YPSF gave her the courage to make the change.

“I had been in a violent relationship for a while and realised I needed to move and get out of it,” explains Carly. “I’d known about YPSF for a few years but when I went to see them back then they didn’t deal with young people who had children. This time though I spoke to my Connections worker about trying to get into a mother and baby unit. They said that would take a while and told me to contact YPSF as they could now support me even though I had the baby.

“The staff at YPSF were really helpful. They did an assessment of my situation and helped me find some emergency accommodation, and made sure they kept me near to my family and college which I appreciated. They looked into housing association tenancies for me and showed me how to use the websites and how to apply for myself.

“Most importantly, they helped me get onto the council housing list as I wasn’t getting anywhere with that on my own.  The council said I’d filled the forms in wrong and that a housing worker would get in touch but they didn’t. Without YPSF I doubt I’d now be due to move into my own house and would’ve had to stay where I was living. They really helped me with that; they were brilliant with everything and I know for a fact that if I hadn’t had their support I wouldn’t be in the position I am now.

"By helping me to find somewhere to live, YPSF gave me the means to get away from my violent partner. They also gave me information about my options regarding reporting him to the police or taking out an injunction against him.  The support workers gave me the impression that they had experience; they knew who to contact and speak to. When they spoke to me they didn’t make me feel ashamed or embarrassed, I felt like I had someone to talk to.

“I feel so much more relaxed about the future now. It seems like everything is going to be easier and I’ll have a safe and secure place for me and my daughter, I’ll be able to carry on with my education and see my friends, things I haven’t been able to do for a long time.”



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