Students from year 9 and above at three schools in North West Leicestershire have had a visit from Zest theatre and their hard hitting production ‘Until it’s Gone,’ which is based on the true-life stories of homeless young people.
The play follows two years of Craig’s life as he decides to leave home before he’s ready. With nowhere to go he quickly realises real life isn’t as easy as he first thought. More than 500 students at Ashby School, Ivanhoe College and Ibstock Community College had a chance to watch the play, which toured the district during January and February.
The performance was followed with an interactive workshop where the young people were able to find out more about youth homelessness issues including drug and alcohol misuse, teenage pregnancy, relationships, conflict resolution, offending and peer pressure.
The performances were funded by North West Leicestershire District Council’s Housing Choices Team and the Safer North West Partnership.
The NWLDC Housing Choices Team provides advice and support for those at risk of homelessness and can be contacted by visiting the Council Offices or on freephone 0800 952 0079. Housing advice is also available online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/housing_advice
Young people can also find advice about issues which might lead to them leaving home from Childline childline.org.uk and Centrepoint centrepoint.org.uk