Housing, education & employment

Ambition East Midlands is an innovative ‘housing first’ support project focussing on homeless young adults who are unable to access existing services. Launched in January 2015, this three year project will ensure vulnerable 18–24 year olds have a secure home from which to build their aspirations for employment and learning.

Intensive Support

Each young adult referred to Ambition will have a dedicated link worker who will provide intensive, personalised support that begins by helping them find a stable place to live. Over the three years they will be supported to sustain their tenancy and develop the skills and confidence to enter employment, education, training or volunteering. They will also have somewhere to turn for help with wider life issues such as budgeting, health, offending, drug and alcohol addiction or relationships.

Eligibility criteria

Ambition will work with young adults that meet all of the following criteria:
  • Aged 18 to 24 (care leavers must be 21+)
  • Not in education, employment, training
  • Single homeless not in priority need
  • A strategic priority for local authority support but unable to access supported accommodation, for example; because of previous difficulties, security issues, complex needs or lack of specialist provision.


The success of the project is measured on the basis of long-term housing and a combination of learning and development opportunities completed.

  • Accommodation: The young adult will be established in safe, suitable accommodation, sustained for 3 to 18 months and beyond
  • Education: Entry into education or training with accredited qualifications
  • Employment: Full time or part time employment taken up or volunteering placements undertaken

About Ambition East Midlands

Ambition East Midlands is an exciting partnership between P3 Charity, YMCA Derbyshire and The Y, who are leading on the project in Leicester and Leicestershire. A significant contribution is being made by local housing, education and other support organisations, enabling expertise to be joined up and individualised to get the best outcomes for young vulnerable adults. Ambition East Midlands has been awarded £2.95m from the Fair Chance Fund which is jointly funded by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Referral process

The project aims to support 100 young adults in Leicester and Leicestershire who have to be referred in the first 12 months from January 2015. All referrals will go direct to the project manager who is based at The Bridge in Loughborough. The young adult will then be invited for an interview with their local link worker where their needs will be more fully assessed and a potential offer identified. Please visit the Ambition website for referrals in Derby and Derbyshire.