A group of people from Boom+ in Oldham are creating a campaign to help tackle homelessness among young care leavers.
The campaign was the brain child of Graham Brooks, a young care leaver in Oldham, who identified that this was a major problem for care leavers.
Recent research carried out by Rebecca Coombes for the Guardian newspaper suggests "40% of care-leavers experience homelessness within the first six months of leaving local authority care."
Graham, who is now involved in the project said: “I am really excited about this project. I have had friends and family who ended up homeless. I hope the campaign we create will become a national campaign, and I hope it will make a difference."
Maryam Duale, Project Coordinator for Boom+ added: “It was important to us that the project was led by young people and that they were able to have a voice on the issues that were important to them. The young people involved are all care leavers, and they had some experience of homelessness and wanted to do something to tackle it.”
The group will be meeting once a week to try and build a campaign, for care leavers by care leavers. You can join the campaign and support it using the hashtag #Caringforcareleavers.