Amir Khan champions the Bay6 project

28 March 2017 Last updated at 13:21

  • Amir Khan supporting the Bay6 project

Former World and Olympic champion boxer Boltons‘ Amir Khan visited Bay6 a supported accommodation project for young single 16-25 year olds, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the South Ribble area. The project run by Barnado’s in partnership with Great Places.

 

Amir took time out of his busy schedule to visit Barnardo’s Bay6 service in Leyland, Lancashire on 10 November. He spent time talking to staff and young people about their personal experiences, as well as getting involved in a cooking session. Amir became a Barnardo’s Ambassador, as the charity celebrates 150 years of supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

 

Bay6 is currently home to 17 young people from the Leyland area. Project workers build strong bonds with the young people and work to identify areas in which they may need support. This can include day-to-day tasks such as budgeting, cooking and rights and responsibilities as a tenant, workers also help to address specific issues related to the young person, such as emotional and mental health and confidence building, education and employment.

 

Staff will also support young people to find appropriate accommodation for moving into outside of the project. Many former tenants from the project keep in regular touch with staff at the project many years after they leave.

 

Andy Jones from Great Places, said: “Bay6 is an important project, helping young people who may be at risk, into housing, education and employment, laying foundations for their future.”

 

Barnardo’s CEO, Javed Khan, said: “We’re delighted that such a high profile sports figure and role model has chosen to work with Barnardo’s and the Bay6 project. I’m sure he will inspire young people and help spread the message that incredible things can happen when we believe in children.”

 

Amir Khan said: “It’s a great honour to represent Barnardo’s as it marks its 150th year. The charity’s staff and volunteers make a real difference every day to the lives of so many vulnerable children that would otherwise have no one to support or stand up for them.”​

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