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Support for under 25s

The Housing Solutions Service have highly trained Housing Options Officers who can assist young people in the community, supporting them to develop life skills needed to live independently.

This is achieved by providing support and advice to those at risk of homelessness, suffering homelessness, relationship breakdowns, also practical help to allow young people to gain or maintain stable accommodation and have the necessary skills to sustain an independent tenancy.

Find out more about the Housing Solutions Service.

If you are aged between 16 - 25 and are pregnant or have a child there is support for you:

Young Parents Pathway

Young Parents Pathway can support you with:

  • your own fully furnished tenancy
  • daily living advice and support
  • parenting support
  • tenancy support
  • advice on benefits
  • advice on budgeting
  • help accessing appropriate agencies and support
  • support in accessing training and employment
  • social opportunities
  • support to move on to your own independent tenancy 

For more information about Young Parents Pathway see Young Persons Pathway Leaflet375.09KB

You can refer yourself by filling in the Young Parents Pathway referral form113.35KB. Once you have completed the form, return it by email to, or in person at Young Parents Pathway, 70 Whitehead Street, South Shields, NE33 5NE

Soup Kitchens

New Hope Church, 3 Robinson Street (Back door entrance), South Shields, NE33 4PRMondays 11am - 12.30pm
Salvation Army, Warn Street (bottom door), South Shields, NE33 4EBTuesdays 10am - 1pm
St Michael's and All Angels Church, Westoe Road/Mowbray Road, South Shields, NE33 3DHWednesdays 11am - 12.30pm
Living Waters Church, Alice Street, South Shields, NE33 5PBFridays 11am - 12.30pm 
St Bede's Church, 10 Westoe Road (entrance opposite the Town Hall), South Shields, NE33 4LZSundays 7 - 8pm

Emergency food packs

Food packs are available from the Key Project for 16-25 year old young people only if requested in advance by a partner agency such as Connexions at Ocean Road Community Association. 

More information

If you would like to discuss your situation or options further please contact our Youth Homeless Co-Ordinator on

  • Housing Solutions Service
  • Unit 3
    Middlefields Industrial Estate
    Heddon Way
    South Shields
    Tyne & Wear
    United Kingdom
    NE34 0NT

  • 03001236633