You never know it all when you work with young people. I’ve been working in this field for around 20 years and because nothing stands still, (not least me or the young people), my perceptions of what I thought I knew are always changing. I can’t categorically state that things have got harder for young people, but it certainly feels like it. That’s why we’re asking local retailers to offer small discounts to young people setting up home for the first time. Picture the scene: You’ve been living in supported accommodation (‘hostel’ – don’t use that word) since you fell out with your parents two years ago. You’ve got little savings and the clock ticks inexorably towards the day when you have to move out into your own place. You’re both excited and anxious about it – that’s natural. It feels like the opportunity for a new start and you want to make your own place a home. A little money can a lot further with some help. There’s all that furniture, flooring, kitchen utensils, paint etc to buy. If you know a local retailer that could offer our young person a small discount, please share this post with them. Having a safe and secure place to call home should be minimum expectation for everyone.