Support for under 25s


  1. Overview
  2. Young Parents Pathway
  3. Soup kitchens
  4. Emergency food packs
  5. More information


The Housing Solutions Service have highly trained Housing Options Officers who can help 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 and relationship breakdowns.

Practical help is also provided 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 leaflet.

You can refer yourself by filling in the Young Persons Pathway referral form.

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
South Shields
NE33 4PR

Opening times: Mondays, 11am to 12noon and Wednesdays, 11am to 12:30pm 

Salvation Army

Wawn Street
South Shields
NE33 4EB

Opening times: Tuesdays, 10am to 1pm (50p charge)

St Michael's and All Angel Church

Westoe Road/Mowbray Street
South Shields
NE33 3DH

Opening times: Wednesdays, 11am to 12:30pm

Living Waters Church 

Alice Street
South Shields
NE33 5PB

Opening times: Fridays, 11am to 12:30pm 

St Bede's Church

10 Westoe Road (entrance opposite Town Hall)
South Shields
NE33 4LZ

Opening times: Sundays, 7pm to 8pm 

Emergency food packs

Food packs are available from the Key Project for 16 to 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