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SPEAR - Merton Young People's Project

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless people aged 16-24. Must have a 6 month local connection to LB Merton.

Who we cannot help

People with a history of violent crime. Those with severe drug or alcohol problems. People on conditional bail.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Vacancies are reserved for Merton Housing Advice for the first 48 hours of a vacancy arising, if vacancy is not filled accept self and referrals from any agency within Merton. 70% of referrals come from Merton HPU.

Referral procedure

Phone 24 hours. If applicant meets criteria and there is a vacancy, interview arranged, usually same day. If successful, move in immediately. Must have proof of ID eg passport. May require list of previous convictions.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

≤ 1 Week

Maximum stay

3-6 Months

Support and accommodation

Support offered

4 staff available Mon-Thurs 7am-12 midnight, Fri 7am-12.30am, Sat 8am-12.30am, Sun 8am-12 midnight, sleep-in cover. Keywork system, with compulsory weekly meetings. Action plans with agreed outcomes which are addressed in keywork sessions. Offer advice on benefits and housing, and can offer emotional support if required.

Total spaces


Further information

Public transport

Colliers Wood tube - 5 minutes walk. Buses 55, 57, 155, 200, 219.