'Going it Alone' support at the touch of a button
Published by Paul Diggory for North Wales Housing Association in Housing
(Back row from the left): Iwan Evans (North Wales Housing), Vicky Kelly (Cartrefi Conwy), Steve Swindon (TAPE Community Music and Film), Gemma Levey (Conwy Youth Homelessness Project), David Rees (Young Housing Network)Front from left - Ffion Jacobsen (C
An award-winning initiative, ‘Going it Alone’, developed to support young people who are considering a move towards independent living, has been launched in a mobile App version, in a bid to reach a wider audience through a new digital format.
Developed by North Wales Housing, Cartrefi Conwy, Conwy Youth Homelessness Project, Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd and mobile community development project, Bus Stop, the new App was revealed during a presentation at TAPE offices in Old Colwyn. Originally launched as a leaflet guide, guests were shown how the information has been translated to an App format, allowing young people to access a wealth of information and support services at the touch of a button.
Working alongside Colwyn Bay-based TAPE and various youth and community groups during the development and consultation period, the launch of the App marks the latest phase in the initiative. Hundreds of young people across North Wales have already been given the guide and accessed various support services – the App now marks a way of enabling more young people still to benefit from important advice and information.
The App is free to download and is available to use on Android, Blackberry and i-Phone smart phones.
Paul Diggory, Chief Executive of North Wales Housing said: “Smartphones are allowing us all to access information in a simple and quick way, whilst on the move. Young adults and teenagers are incredibly savvy with new technology and appear to be highly responsive to information presented in this way.
“It’s fantastic to see the Going it Alone initiative develop in this way, making it yet more relevant and accessible to an audience who may be considering an important move.”
Mel Phillips of youth homeless charity GISDA added: “Brilliant leaflet and app. Really really pleased, something like this is needed in every County.”
The App includes information surrounding independent living, details of housing options and contacts, advice on how to maintain a tenancy, the issue of homelessness and much more. A website dedicated to these issues under the Going it Alone project is currently under development and is expected to be launched next year.