After seeing friends struggle to find a permanent place to stay, Steven Blair is helping homeless young people to access advice.
The 22-year-old and his team from the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy in Fife feel there’s a need to provide more immediate support for people who are currently homeless, or who are at risk of having nowhere to live.
‘Knowing people who have been left with no options other than sofa surfing or sheltered accommodation really affected me,’ explains Steven.
‘I think many people go through life with blinkers on.
'They don't always realise there are others out there who need our help.’
With Fixers, the group have been working on a mobile phone app, to enable homeless people to access support services in Fife.
‘Living Smart’ lists useful websites and local hostels and is designed to offer information around the clock.
Click on the images below to find out more about the respective Android and iTunes versions of the app.
‘We think the app is fantastic - everyone is really proud of it,’ Steven adds.
‘There isn’t really anything like this out there, where people can access support and advice at the touch of a button.
‘It feels amazing knowing that we’ve helped create something which could keep people safe and potentially save lives.’
The app, which is available to download on Android and iTunes, was officially launched at an event in Fife, which was attended by guests from across the public and voluntary sectors.
Zoe Holdsworth from Fife Council’s Housing Service, commented: ‘This is an excellent app.
‘The more accessible information that’s available to potentially homeless people, the better.’
Also at the event, Jo Anne Valentine from NHS Fife said: “Great development. This is definitely the way of the future.’
Currently the app is targeted at people in Fife, but Steven hopes it will have greater reach going forward.
He adds: ‘We’re delighted at the feedback the app has already received and hope it will help countless others in years to come.’
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