If you have to leave home
- Try to take all important papers with you i.e. birth certificate, passport, National Insurance card/number, driving licence, bank card, medical card, address book, benefit papers etc.
- Pack only essential clothes and toiletries – you may have to carry your stuff around. Take your mobile phone and charger, and any medication you take. You can get the rest of your stuff later if you can’t take it all now.
- Save as much money as you can in advance.
- If you can, get advice early in the day and preferably early in the week. A lot of the places that can help you are only open in office hours, and not at weekends.
If you are still in education or training, or out of work, you’ll need to find out about any benefits you may be entitled to as soon as possible. If you are making a new claim, it may take a while before you get any money. For more information about money / food in an emergency, see here and here about breakfast at Carecent.
If you want to let someone know you are safe without phoning them yourself, contact Missing People who will pass the message on for you without saying where you are.
A place to stay
If you have just been kicked out, you’ll need somewhere safe to stay for a while so that you have time to sort things out. If relatives or friends are not an option, get advice from the Council’s Housing Options Team or Salvation Army, as they might be able to arrange emergency accommodation or:
SASH Nightstop which offers short term accommodation (one night at a time) to young people 16-24 in the homes of trained volunteers. You will also be offered an evening meal, a chance to freshen up, and breakfast.
The Council may have a duty to accommodate you depending on your circumstances. See here