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A proven approach to tackling

youth homelessness

A lot has changed since we started out as an emergency shelter in 1969. Back then, we simply gave young people a place to stay - helping them overcome the very serious short term difficulties of homelessness.

Since then, we've grown into a homeless charity with a much broader approach to tackling youth homelessness. We look at the root causes of homelessness and ensure that everything we do makes a real and lasting difference to young people - whether that's helping them to find a home, supporting them into education, teaching them basic life skills or ensuring they have the opportunity to find work.

So by becoming a room sponsor, you're actually helping to provide a whole range of services that are proven to give young people the chance to escape homelessness.

In fact, 4 out of 5 young people leave Centrepoint to go into education, employment or their own homes. That's an incredible achievement on their part and it's only made possible by the generosity of people who show the compassion and understanding to sponsor a room.

Your room is just the start

As a room sponsor, you'll help the homeless young people we work with by:

  • Assisting them in finding their own homes
  • Supporting them into or through training and education
  • Giving them the opportunity to find work
  • Helping them to develop life skills such as budgeting, cooking etc

What we've achieved

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we've had an incredible year. Here's a quick look at some of our most recent achievements:

  • We've opened a new 18 bed hostel in Sunderland, taking in young people who have been refused shelter anywhere else for a wide range of social and behavioural problems
  • We've set up six homeless young people with Workwise placements at Latham & Watkins - the world's fifth largest law firm. Two of these Centrepoint residents went on to earn a one-year contract with a salary of £20,000
  • We've helped 211 young people earn GCSEs, A-levels and NVQs - a huge step on the path to independence. A further 31 have started degree or BTEC courses
  • Last year, 801 young people moved on from Centrepoint. Around three quarters of these had a positive move into their own homes