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Advice at your fingertips for young people affected by homelessness in Fife this Christmas

Published on 19/12/2014

SmartLiving volunteers trying out the app SmartLiving volunteers trying out the app

A new mobile phone app, created by young people from SmartLiving, to help prevent homelessness is now available to download.

‘Living Smart’ provides young people ‘advice at your fingertips’ with information on independent living choices in Fife, what to do if they are at risk of becoming homeless as well as other advice on health & wellbeing, financial help and personal safety.

The young people were supported each step of the way by Fixers UK, a national charity which supports young people aged 16-25, who provided the resources they needed to make their chosen project a success. Fixers has already supported more than 11,000 young people across the UK. SmartLiving is run by LinkLiving Ltd, part of the Link group of social enterprises.

This new app will be a valuable tool for young people especially at this time of year. It was made by a group of young volunteers who have all been affected by homelessness and who used their own experiences to help shape the information and links contained in the app. At present, the app is targeted at young people living in Fife although in future it could well have a greater reach.

Steven Blair, one of the young people involved, said: “We came up with the idea to create a phone app to help prevent homelessness and give information if you were homeless, as most of us had been or knew someone who was homeless. We felt that there wasn’t a lot of awareness of the issue and after doing some research we discovered that the app idea hadn’t been done before. We took our chance and started thinking of ways to make this a reality. “After being put in touch with Fixers we were able to get our idea off the ground and make it actually happen. The good thing about this app it’s free to download, and once you have it you can you can use it without being online.”

Volunteer Manager, Irene Blackburn said: “The work the young people have done on ‘Living Smart’ has been fantastic. It has been a great learning experience for everyone involved. We think it is a really useful tool for young people who have been affected by homelessness.”

The app is available for free download from both itunes and Android – just type in Living Smart.

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