Someone who takes ‘no’ as a challenge, not as an answer

by Vanessa Lancaster on Friday, 22 December 2017

By Alice Lamb, Director of Fundraising & Partnerships at LandAid

An entrepreneur can be defined in many ways. One of my favourite definitions is “someone who takes ‘no’ as a challenge, not as an answer.”

That spirit of determination is what drives us at LandAid. The fact that rough sleeping is on the rise, having doubled since 2010, or the knowledge one in five young people experienced homelessness in the past year, can be disheartening. These statistics are a challenge – but they’re not the answer. We won’t give up fighting for an end to youth homelessness.

That same spirit is embodied by our corporate partners. Partners like YEP, whose creativity and resourcefulness in fundraising for LandAid means we can continue to provide more young people with a safe place to live.

It’s the same determination we see in our invaluable LandAid Ambassadors, rising stars in the property industry who help drive the work we do – a passionate group of people where YEP members would be a fantastic fit. You can find out more about our Ambassadors and the amazing work they do on our website here.

It’s not always talked about – but it’s the same spirit that defines many of the young people we support. Despite encountering one of the worst circumstances anyone can imagine – facing homelessness – these incredible young people are still determined to reach their full potential. When it seems like society is telling them ‘no’, they are the ones who strive to say ‘yes’.

Yet they can’t do it alone – they need our help.

When these young people are given a safe place to live, they can go on to achieve remarkable things.

LandAid helps to transform the lives of vulnerable young people.

Young people such as Heidi, Abu and Alan. Heidi secured a paid internship with prestigious law firm, Pinsent Masons. Abu is now studying European Politics at Kings College London. Alan has influenced youth homelessness policy at the Houses of Parliament. These young people were once homeless – but it’s their aspirations and determination that truly define them.

Our mission over the next three years to provide 450 bed spaces for young people who have been homeless means we can give hundreds of young people not just a safe warm home, but the support to succeed and achieve their dreams.

We want to thank all YEP members and, in particular, the Chapter committees for their fantastic support this year. They have raised £1,500 to help us change the lives of young people who have experienced homelessness.

We’re excited to see what our partnership will bring in 2018. YEP has already got the ball rolling with a generous offer to donate 25% of proceeds from their homepage advertising opportunities to LandAid. Look out for our LandAid banner making an appearance in the New Year!

With the incredible support of our partners, we can continue giving young people who have been homeless a brighter future. We can help them find a safe place to live, employment opportunities and the chance to reach their potential. Homelessness is one of the greatest challenges these young people will face – but with your help, we can beat it.

Visit our website to find out more about the work we do at LandAid and how you can get involved.

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