Help Centrepoint Keep Homeless Young People Safe 

As the country faces the Coronavirus pandemic, a secure and comfortable home has never been more important. How would you feel if you did not have one?   

Across the UK, 110,000 young people are facing a desperate challenge to remain safe.  Without a safe home, family support, or the financial security to be able to buy food or other essentials, their health and well-being is at severe risk.  

Centrepoint is doing everything we can to deliver vital care and support to vulnerable young people, but we cannot continue to do so without your support.  Our vital key workers are tirelessly risking their own safety and the safety of their families to help young people without a home under extreme circumstances.  

Centrepoint operates over 60 services across the country providing over 1,100 bed spaces for homeless young people. We are committed to keeping all of our accommodation services open, but are facing an enormous struggle to be able to do so.  

Challenges:  

  • Due to self-isolation and sickness, we have seen a 20% reduction in our housing and support staff and have an immediate need to hire locum key workers to be able to keep our services safe and homeless young people supported.  

  • We have had to urgently source PPE and everyday essentials such as sanitizer, hand soap etc. to ensure that our services remain safe and compliant with public health guidance at an increased cost.  

  • Across the UK, we have had to support young people in their own tenancies and emergency accommodation with access to food parcels and hot meals. We need to continue to support young people with basic provisions that they cannot afford.  

  • The enforcement of visitor bans and self-isolation policies means that our young people are facing increased loneliness and anxiety. Our health and engagement team have had to adapt services to be able to offer desperately needed emotional support and need phones, data packages, and increased engagement activities to be able to continue their work.

  • Our helpline team are working incredibly hard to answer the increased volume of calls from vulnerable young people to offer expert advice and support. 

Whilst we are increasing our spending, we are expecting an income loss in excess of £2Million, as large numbers of our fundraising activities and events are now cancelled. We don’t know how long this crisis will continue for and every extra month will add significant increased and unplanned cost.  

We need your help now more than ever to continue to deliver life changing support on the front line to help keep homeless young people safe. Support our key workers and homeless young people.  

Please, please donate now.

During this unprecedented time, homeless young people need your support more than ever. And there are many ways you can help: you can donate at the link above, or if you want to do more, visit the ‘Your Help’ page to find out how you can support us in other ways.

You can find out more about the affect that the Coronavirus outbreak will have on Centrepoint and homeless young people in the UK on our 'Impact of Coronavirus' page, and discover how we are supporting young people through this crisis by visiting ‘Our Support’ page.

About Centrepoint

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity supporting more than 15,000 16-25-year olds who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk every year. Providing practical and emotional support, Centrepoint offers a safe place to stay for up to two years, a bespoke pathway into education, employment or training and a dedicated health team who support young people to leave the past behind them and move on to healthy independent futures.

In 2018/19, 110,000 young people approached their local authority for support with homelessness. This shocking figure is only set to rise, making our tailored services more vital than ever.