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Homeless scheme targets teenagers

An initiative is offering teenagers in Derbyshire advice and information on issues surrounding homelessness.

Amber Valley Borough Council said it had used government funding to tackle and prevent youth homelessness.

Run by local hostels and youth workers, The Activity will discuss problems faced by school children and show them where help can be accessed.

The council also said it would continue offering a mediation service for teenagers and their families.

The Activity team will be going into all secondary schools in the area and will talk to Year 11 pupils.

Councillor Norman Bull, cabinet member for wellbeing at Amber Valley Borough Council, said: "We're delighted to have attracted this funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to fund these two new services for the next three years as part of our ongoing work to reduce homelessness in Amber Valley.

"The reasons young people become homeless can often be complex, but we hope the project will provide valuable advice and support for some of the most vulnerable members of our community."

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