September 30, 2010 1.08 pm This story is over 158 months old

Pupils warned about early homelessness

Too much too young?: Year 11 pupils in Lincoln will be warned about the reality of leaving home too young.

Pupils in Lincoln will be given a look into what happens if they leave home too early, possibly becoming homeless.

Until It’s Gone is a play by Zest Creative Arts, which will be played in schools to all year 11 pupils across the county, and is based on true stories.

Pupils will meet Craig (pictured), a normal 16-year-old boy through to when he turns 18. Things go wrong for Craig when he leaves home too early with nowhere to go.

After the production, there will also be a chance for young people to discuss the issues within the play, as well as a workshop to help them.

NKDC’s Executive Member, Councillor Stuart Ogden, said: “Educating young people about youth homelessness is an important part of the county’s strategy.

“By engaging in this interactive drama, these 15 and 16 year olds participate in their own learning and learn from peers about homelessness which we hope will leave a more lasting impression.”

Director of Zest Creative Arts Toby Ealden said: “The play was written in consultation with homelessness young people from all over Lincolnshire.

“This is an innovative and exciting project for Lincolnshire that we hope to make a massive impact in preventing homelessness in the county”.

The tour was commissioned by the Lincolnshire County Homelessness Strategy Group, made up of the seven district councils and Lincolnshire County Council.

Source, Photo: North Kesteven District Council