We know young people sleep rough every night - in parks, stairwells, under bridges and worse. But there are thousands more you don't see - spending the night on buses, on sofas or in the homes of strangers. They're escaping abuse, violence, gangs and fear. Many are homeless because they can't live with their family, or they have no family. More than 150,000 young people ask for help with homelessness every year.
On an October night, Kyle found himself sleeping on the streets. He was just 13 years old. Bullying had changed his behaviour at school, leading to him getting into trouble and eventually being expelled. Arguments with his parents erupted and he was soon told to leave. He had no other family to turn to, and no friends. He was eventually allowed back home, but family life didn't get better. At 16, he was homeless again and sofa surfed for four months. On top of this, he had crippling mental health issues. His first experience of a hostel was difficult, but his second was a success. Kyle was helped into his own place and eventually reconnected with his family.
For many people, a travel card is just a card: a way to get from A to B. For young people like Ruby, it's the difference between a life on the streets and a life of opportunity.
Life, for Ruby, has been very ugly. She had a difficult childhood with her aunt, who moved frequently and had children of her own. Ruby always felt unloved and unwanted. At times, she was overwhelmed by dark thoughts and there was no-one to listen and understand. Her situation with her aunt only grew worse, until she felt she had no choice but to leave home.
We provide a home. We help vulnerable young people get physically and mentally healthy. We get homeless young people back into education, training or work. We couldn't do this without your generous donations, fundraising and corporate support to make this happen. Thank you.
By sponsoring a room at Centrepoint you can help a homeless young person leave homelessness behind for good. For just £12 a month you can help save lives and change lives.
We believe in being responsible and transparent with our finances. Your money helps us make an impact for homeless young people now and in the future. It pays for our support services and helps us invest in ways that bring us closer to ending youth homelessness for good.
For every £1 we spend, 77p goes directly on supporting young people, 22p goes on making sure we can support them in the future through fundraising and just 1p goes on administration and governance.
Centrepoint returns to Kensington Palace this year - the home of our wonderful Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Our last special event featured the now legendary singalong of Livin' On A Prayer by Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William and raised almost £1m.
Who knows what could happen this time!
Join us for a spectacular event with some very special guests, including Ellie Goulding and Phil Collins.
If you are rough sleeping, sofa surfing or don't feel safe in your home, we may be able to help.