Luke is from Cowgate, a deprived area of Newcastle. He has been homeless since 2012, sofa-surfing where he can but often sleeping rough. Luke had many barriers to securing and keeping a place to live; we have provided Luke with food, clean clothes, someone to talk to and most importantly somewhere to develop the skills he needed to break the cycle of homelessness. Luke has had the opportunity to take part in personal development programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Princes Trust programme. This year Luke signed his first tenancy agreement and we continue to support him to ensure he can maintain it. With our support and the opportunities we provide he can develop new skills and can confidently maintain his own accommodation as well as become more independent and live by himself. “Through the help of YMCA I feel more secure in having my own place, where I feel safe and happy. I feel more confident in handling my money to pay bills and buy food and now I am ready to enter into paid work or further education. I am now in a much better place with a brighter future ahead”