A SERVICE which aims to prevent youth homelessness is being launched by the YMCA across Sedgemoor.

Pathways to Independence, known as P2i, will be delivered by the YMCA and will provide quality supported accommodation for young people aged 16 to 24 years old.

It runs in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, youth housing providers and young people.

YMCA Chief Executive Martin Hodgson said: “This is a great opportunity for the YMCA to continue the work we do supporting the young people of Sedgemoor.”

Councillor Andrew Gilling, portfolio holder for Housing in Sedgemoor said previous work has resulted in a 40% decrease in youth homelessness so far this year.

He added: “Sedgemoor District Council will continue to work closely with Bridgwater YMCA and other partners on initiatives to prevent youth homelessness.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council cabinet member for Children and Families said no young person should be living on the street.

She said: “This new service will have a big impact on reducing the number of young people that are homeless in the county and will give vulnerable young people a more positive future.”

The contracts with the service providers will start on May 1, 2013.