Leading the Way

Partner Profile: The Albert Kennedy Trust

Partner Profile: The Albert Kennedy Trust

Location: United Kingdom

Mission: To ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment.

How does Unum support The Albert Kennedy Trust? Unum has partnered with The Albert Kennedy Trust since 2015, contributing funds for various projects and resources needed to support homeless LGBT youths, and with Unum employees regularly volunteering with the organization. Unum donates money to AKT, participates in their fundraising events, provides campaigning support and connects the organization with others who are passionate about its work.

Why does Unum support The Albert Kennedy Trust? One in every four young, homeless people in the U.K. are LGBT, according to AKT’s research; they are vulnerable to being kicked out of their homes and often have nowhere to turn. AKT provides these young people a safe place to stay and ensures they have the support and skills they need to stay healthy, discover who they are and reach their full potential.

“The young people AKT helps tell the most moving stories about the discrimination, emotional and physical abuse they have overcome and how critical the support of AKT has been,” Stuart Holland, Unum UK’s public affairs manager, said. “In many cases, these people say AKT saved their life.”

 AKT’s mission aligns with Unum’s commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive communities where each individual’s perspectives and experiences are valued.

What impact has it had on The Albert Kennedy Trust? 4,800 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths are homeless or living in hostile environments all over the UK. AKT is a smaller, growing organization with limited staffing and resources, so donations and other funding are critical to their mission. AKT currently has offices in just three cities so they are unable to reach everyone.

Thanks to Unum’s Contributions, AKT has successfully implemented a new eMentoring program called inter-AKT. The program will expand the reach of their support and allow these young people to get in contact with digital mentors regardless of their location. It will also help AKT gather data on which areas need the most assistance and what services to put in place.