Mayday Homelessness - Bridges Fund Management








Mayday Homelessness

Helping vulnerable people in Northamptonshire back into accommodation, education and employment

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts


Stronger Communities

Date of initial investment

October 2017

Bridges Executives

Andrew Levitt


In the last five years, rough sleeping in Northamptonshire has more than doubled. And this may be just the tip of the iceberg: it’s been estimated that 62% of single homeless people do not show up in official figures. Experiencing homelessness at a young age can lead to further incidences of homelessness later in life, an increased likelihood of developing complex issues and increased access to high-cost services, including A&E and the criminal justice system.


Mayday Trust is a UK charity based in the Midlands that provides personalised support for people going through difficulties such as homelessness, leaving care or coming out of prison. Mayday have organised a programme to help tackle homelessness in Northamptonshire which will work with around 100 homeless people, aiming to help them move into accommodation, education and employment.

Mayday offers this support through its unique ‘Personal Transitions Service’ – the first strength-based model of support for people experiencing homelessness and other hardships. It focuses on building strengths, aspirations, relationships and purpose rather than focussing on needs and problems, and it aims to provide the most relevant interventions at the right times. The goal of the service is to develop their client’s personal ‘assets’, create positive networks and hand power back to the individual, thereby creating long-term sustainable change.

The model is high-impact and particularly efficient as each delivery worker is able to work with up to 35-40 clients at any one time, thanks to the facilitative and community-based nature of the approach.


Mayday aims to deliver positive social impact in four distinct categories:

  • Direct beneficiary impact through delivery: the programme will work around 100 homeless people, aiming to support 95 into accommodation, 20 into education and 30 into sustained employment
  • Direct societal impact through cost savings for local authorities and central government from reduced reliance on accommodation / care services
  • Systemic social policy impact by trialling new data-driven models to help vulnerable people out of homelessness
  • Systemic market-building impact as the first homeless SIB to be commissioned directly by the Local Authority, potentially demonstrating the benefits of this commissioning approach in homelessness (and strengthening the organisations involved)