It might be the first good night's sleep they've had in months. Your donation could make sure homeless young people have a safe, warm place to stay this Christmas and help end youth homelessness in the UK.
From family breakdown to rough sleeping, homelessness is tough on mental health – especially at Christmas. Your donation could mean a young person has access to mental health support.
Your gift will not only help provide a warm, safe room for up to a year, but it will also go towards providing vital support such as functional skills workshops, and access to our sport engagement programmes.
Without a home, caring family, or close knit circle of friends, many young people at risk of homelessness will be desperately lonely and believe no one cares. The Clinical Lead from our Health Team, Stamatia Lorentzou, works alongside psychologists, therapists and mental health advisors to help young people at Centrepoint who are feeling lonely and isolated. Stamatia reminds us that "young people can feel stressed, anxious and depressed when they don’t have anyone around."
At Centrepoint we try to create a sense of belonging for every young person in our supported housing. Stamatia says "Our young people know that someone is always around and someone will look for them if they don’t come downstairs on Christmas morning." But we need your help to make Christmas Day as enjoyable as possible and set these young people up to build a positive future for themselves.
Last year, over 2,400 young people were helped by Centrepoint over Christmas*. Now we need your help to support more young people. If you believe everyone should have someone at Christmas, please donate. We couldn't do what we do without your support.
When it comes to Christmas, it’s meant to be a happy time but it’s really not… Someone needs to just say ‘don’t worry, this is not the end’. I never got that. You lose hope, that’s what’s happening to young people. Especially at Christmas you need to give them the confidence not to give up – that there are people around you.
Centrepoint is the UK's leading youth homelessness charity. Together with our partners, we support more than 10,000 homeless young people each year. We provide accommodation, mental health support and life skills to get vulnerable young people back into education, training and employment. We want to end youth homelessness in the UK.
We use models and change the names of the young people we work with to protect their identity, however, all stories are true and as told by the young person.
* Stat from Centrepoint's research "Out of reach: young people's experience of rough sleeping and sofa surfing - 2015.