AKT launches inter-AKT, a brand new digital support platform for young LGBT people

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:45

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The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), the UK’s LGBT youth homelessness charity, today launched inter-AKT a brand new online support service, which will enable the charity to support young LGBT people experiencing homelessness. It also provides the opportunity to prevent homelessness, helping young people to address challenges early, and before they find themselves in situations of crisis. 

inter-AKT is a safe and non-judgemental online space that connects young LGBT people with Digital Mentors and other digital resources to explore a wide range of issues, whether it’s through chat, messaging, video calls or audio; and can be accessed on most devices, including smart phones, tablets and laptops.

inter-AKT is The Albert Kennedy Trust’s first digital service and first service available nationally. inter-AKT has been developed in response to consultation and user-centred work with young people.

Tim Sigwsorth MBE, AKT Chief Executive said: “inter-AKT is a bold step towards our digital future. It’s an exciting new chapter in AKT’s development which gives us - for the first time - a national reach, and will ensure that we can offer support, training and information to young LGBT people who might not otherwise have access to our services. I’m proud that young LGBT people been involved in the creation of inter-AKT from the start and have helped us shape it into a unique and accessible community portal. We believe that LGBT youth homelessness is the biggest crisis facing the LGBT community in this country, and inter-AKT will go a long way towards helping us combat LGBT youth homelessness.”

Tom Johnson, AKT’s Digital Services & Innovations Manager said: “inter-AKT is about harnessing the opportunities presented by digital approaches. AKT is taking its first steps on a digital journey and looks forward to working with young people and a range of partners in the youth sector and beyond to deliver services with greater impact to a wider pool of young people.”

Anthony Psaila, AKT Digital Mentor for inter-AKT said: “I’m really excited about being a digital mentor. Being connected is very important to me and my hope is we can reach out to many more young people. If I can help support someone and lessen any feelings of isolation – then that’s a really great thing."

Young people can connect with an inter-AKT Digital Mentor by visiting:

inter-akt.plusguidance.com

inter-AKT is currently funded by Comic Relief, UNUM and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

For more information, contact Grahame Robertson, AKT Communications Officer - grahame@akt.org.uk or call 0161 228 3308

Organisations can refer young people to inter-AKT's Digital Mentoring service here: http://inter-akt.plusguidance.com/

Organisations interested in partnering with AKT to develop other online resources are welcome to contact Tom Johnson, Digital Services and Innovation Manager: tomj@akt.org.uk

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