Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man homeless charity holds school workshops

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Media captionA series of workshops are under way in schools across the Isle of Man to raise awareness of homelessness

A homeless charity is holding a number of workshops in Manx schools to raise awareness of what they describe as a "hidden problem".

According to Housing Matters, a growing number of people on the island have no home to call their own.

The Douglas-based charity said it has helped about 300 clients in the last 12 months, 10% of whom were under the age of 18.

There are neither housing associations nor homeless legislation on the island.

Housing Matters' Kat Ash said: "We want to give young people the knowledge that if they find themselves homeless they know where to turn."

Without housing associations or homeless legislation, some people are slipping through the safety net, the charity Housing Matters claims.

The charity said it has helped 33 young people in the last 12 months - 18 of which were referred to the charity by the Department of Social Care.

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