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
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.
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
≤ 1 Week
Support and accommodation
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.
Colliers Wood tube - 5 minutes walk. Buses 55, 57, 155, 200, 219.