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CENTREPOINT

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports more than 10,000 homeless 16-25 year olds into a job and a home every year.

 

Our Vision: to end youth homelessness.
 

Our Mission: to give homeless young people a job and a home.

 

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports more than 10,000 homeless 16-25 year olds into a job and a home every year. Centrepoint works directly in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East of England, and partners with other organisations across the UK. 

 

Centrepoint’s work is about more than just providing a safe bed for the night. Centrepoint helps young people to turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills; tackling their physical and mental health issues and moving into education or employment. We offer a unique approach, informed by research, which blends vocational and life skills together to decrease isolation, increase confidence and improve the long-term future of homeless young people. We engage young people through sports, culture and arts programmes and we are proud that around 90% of our young people move on to good destinations and around 60% do so in education, employment or training. 

Centrepoint runs a partnering scheme that pulls together a national network of organisations called Centrepoint Partners, supporting homeless young people. Stretching the length and breadth of the country, there are over 80 Centrepoint Partners sharing our ambition for homeless young people.

Centrepoint aims to influence public policy, campaigning on behalf of the young people it supports and homeless young people throughout the UK. Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK on the scale of youth homelessness. It also provides an insight into the type of interactions young people are having with their local councils and what support is being offered. 

 

Our research estimates that 103,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2017/18 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is the only estimate of its kind.

Young people become homeless for a variety of complicated reasons and often struggle to navigate their way through the complex system and understand what their options and rights are, who they should speak to and what they should do next. We provide free advice, information and support for young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness through Centrepoint Helpline. Operating Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, the Helpline has supported over 8,000 young people in two years.  

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been our Patron since 2005 – following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William would visit our hostels when he was a child and when it was his turn to take over some of her patronages, Centrepoint was the first one he chose. He regularly visits us both in the public eye, but also in private, so he can meet and chat to the young people we support.