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Founded in 1989 as the Albert Kennedy Trust, akt was set up in Manchester by ally Cath Hall, a foster carer who found that many gay, lesbian and bisexual young people were not receiving the care and support they need and deserve.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. 

We are a UK-wide charity with centres in four major cities. In a little over 30 years, we’ve created a national network of safe places and digital support services. Our relationships with other incredible charities allow us to support thousands of young people every year.

We support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.


Get the support you need

Our centres are based in London, Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle, and we offer remote support to those living elsewhere in the country.

Use our Online Hub to get the support you need, in your own time, wherever you are. Our Support Hub features useful guides, personal stories and the latest news from akt. You can find information and advice on finances, housing, mental health, support services, and your health.

You can also use our Live Chat to talk to our team and find the support you need.


What happens after my referral?

​​First we’ll get in touch to make sure akt is the right fit for you. Then you’ll meet one of our case workers so they can find out what kind of support you need.
This could include:
  • Support: Supporting you to present as homeless to your local authority.
  • Referral: Referring you to supported or emergency accommodation.
  • Advice: Advising you on how to search for and secure rented housing.
  • Signposting: Signposted to other services.

Who is this aimed at?

AKT supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK 


Opening hours

The AKT offices are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4:30pm



This support is free


How to get involved

If you are seeking support or have any queries please call, email or use our live chat service.


Contact details

Getting Help or making a referral:


General Enquiries:


Phone: 0161 228 3308 (Manchester Office)

Live Chat via the website


For further information

For more information about akt search akt in this directory.


Visit the akt website

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