Young people facing homelessness in Chorley and South Ribble have been given a boost after a housing group and a homeless charity joined forces to support them.

Key Unlocking Futures and Leyland-based Progress Housing Group have linked up to extend their support work and services for young people.

In the South Ribble and Chorley areas, the charity has used its services over the past year to help 493 people who are either homeless or worried about becoming homeless.

Besides providing information to young people, the charity also provides a drop-in service, counselling, mediation services and employment coaching.

As part of the link-up, Progress Housing Group has provided Key Unlocking Futures with new premises on Balfour Court in Leyland.

Gwen Crawford, chairman of trustees at Key, said the charity was ‘really pleased to have joined Progress Housing Group’.

She said: “We have chosen to take this step because we believe that by working together we will be able to do more to support young people to cope during a difficult time in their lives.”

Jacqui De-Rose, Progress Group chief executive, said: “Our services are complementary in many ways and, by making the most of our combined knowledge and skills, we will be able to reach more people in need of support services.”