Centrepoint is a UK-based charity that helps homeless young people between 16 and 25 years old. The charity provides homeless young people with accommodation, education, and training. They also offer support with finding employment and housing. In this blog post, we will discuss the work that Centrepoint does to help homeless young people in the UK.
Centrepoint was founded in 1969 by a group of medical students who were concerned about the growing number of homeless young people in London. The charity has since grown and now has over 70 services across the UK. In 2016-2017, Centrepoint helped over 9000 young people.
In 2021 they provided 809 supported bed spaces for homeless 16–25-year-olds, supporting nearly 14,000 homeless that year. They operate 60 services providing support to young people across the UK.
Sleeping rough is incredibly dangerous. It’s estimated that one in every 200 people in the UK will sleep rough at some point in their lives. And each year, more and more young people are finding themselves without a home. In London alone, the number of homeless young people has increased by 73% since 2010.
The work that Centrepoint does is vital to helping reduce homelessness in the UK. Homelessness is a problem that can have a devastating impact on young people. It can lead to mental health problems, drug and alcohol addiction, and crime.
Help offered From Centrepoint
Centrepoint provides homeless young people with a safe place to stay, as well as access to education and training. This gives them the opportunity to turn their lives around and find employment. The charity also offers support with finding housing. This is vital, as many homeless young people will have difficulty accessing housing due to their lack of income.
As well as the great work they do helping homeless people, they also help them at the end of the cycle to move on with their lives.
To help them they prepare young people for moving on while they’re staying at Centrepoint’s facilities and continue that support for six months after they’ve left. This includes workshops teaching practical skills like budgeting and paying household bills, finding suitable accommodation and help with a rent deposit guarantee scheme. The work they do is vital to ensuring young people get a better start in life than the hand fate has dealt them.
In the year 2020-21, 94% of the young people who left Centrepoint moved on positively.
Centrepoint is making a difference to the lives of homeless young people in the UK. If you would like to support the work that they do, you can make a donation on their website. Every little bit helps and together, we can make a difference.
If you or someone you know is homeless, please reach out to Centrepoint for help. They are there to support young people in need and give them a chance at a better future. Remember, no one is too old for help! You are never alone. Reach out today and get the support that you deserve.