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The Albert Kennedy Trust and Outpost Housing to merge

Besi Besemar May 14, 2013

Albert Kennedy TrustOutpost Housing and the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), both LGBT youth homeless charities, have merged to meet rising demand and sustain vital services for young people.

The merger sees the charities rebranded as AKT Outpost. Outpost will continue its vital services in the north east of England, which include offering support and accommodation to LGBT young people at risk of homelessness, while AKT will continue to offer its range of services for LGBT young people in the north west of England and London.

Tim Sigsworth, AKT Chief Executive, said:

“AKT and Outpost have a lot in common and by coming together we hope to continue and enhance the level of help and support that LGBT young people at risk of homelessness receive across the north east, north west and in London.

“Nationally we are now seeing an increase in demand for our services of around 30% and by sharing our knowledge, expertise and some of our running costs with Outpost we can ensure every penny possible goes directly to support the growing numbers of young people who need our help.”

Jim McElderry, Chair of Outpost Housing, continued:

“Outpost has received tremendous support in recent years from local funders such as Newcastle City Council and the Northern Rock Foundation, but we know if we are going to be able to protect and develop housing support services for LGBT young people in the North East we need to do more.

“This merger opens up new funding opportunities for us and means we can now be part of a national campaign for LGBT young people without losing our local identity.”

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