Secure Homes with Settle
Do you remember moving into your first accommodation as a student or young adult? Could you imagine having to do it without the support of a parent because you have grown up in care? Rich Grahame saw first hand how challenging the transition to adulthood can be for vulnerable young people. So, he set up Settle.
Settle supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home, equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to live independently.
Settle got its start in 2014, as Rich and his co-founder, Katie Slee, graduated from the Year Here fellowship programme. You may have seen them pitch at Young Funding Group in 2015 or TFN London in January 2017. After he secured a larger grant from the Strategic Funding Group quite recently, Rich reflected on his experience pitching: “The generosity and warmth of the people there made such a difference. We made loads of really useful connections that are helping us drive Settle forward”.
With TFN funding, Settle supported over 70 young people in learning to manage their homes, money and health. Of their latest cohort, all 62 participants achieved a 100% tenancy sustainment rate, avoiding eviction and homelessness. Settle has grown steadily and taken on new staff, recruiting two full time Programme Officers in 2017 to respond to increasing demand in their services, and are now recruiting a third Programme Officer.
The organisation has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of young people like Chavis. When Chavis left care at 18, he turned to Settle for help. Watch this video about how Settle helped him improve his life prospects. As Rich testifies: “When young people find their strength, amazing things can happen.”