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.
- 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.