'A vital safety net': the Co-op Bank joins Centrepoint in Manchester
Centrepoint began working in Manchester early in 2017, supporting vulnerable 16-25 year olds in the city. We run services from Oldham Street in the city centre, and Wythenshawe on the outskirts of the city, providing vital support to 2,000 young people each year. Young people who find themselves homeless, or at risk of homelessness, will be able to access practical support and advice from trained case workers.
We will also help young people in Manchester find opportunities to pursue education, training and employment; and support to develop independent living skills such as cooking healthy meals or budgeting for household bills. Innovative courses such as tenancy sharing training and qualifications will help young people stay off the streets for good.
Centrepoint ambassador Sara Cox is calling on Manchester’s residents and businesses to help vulnerable young people in the city by supporting our work.
She said: “It’s heart-breaking to see so many people in desperate situations on the streets of Manchester. It’s easy to feel helpless but there is so much that can be done – Centrepoint’s work shows that with the right help, young people can turn their lives around and leave homelessness behind.
“So get stuck in – whether it’s donating, fundraising through challenge events like the Great Manchester Run, or volunteering, by supporting Centrepoint in Manchester you can make a huge difference to the lives of homeless young people in our city.”
The Co-operative Bank has led the charge by selecting Centrepoint as its charity partner. As well as fundraising by staff, the bank will donate £25 to Centrepoint for every new mortgage completed. To mark the start of the partnership, The Co-operative Bank has donated £25,000 to fund a vitally needed volunteer co-ordinator.
Martin Gill, Director of Housing and Support at Centrepoint, said: “We’re hugely proud to have the opportunity to support homeless young people in Manchester. Times have rarely been tougher for them, or for charities like Centrepoint who provide a vital safety net for young people in times of crisis.
“But we can’t end youth homelessness on our own - it is a problem for the whole community. The support of local employers like the Cooperative Bank is absolutely vital if we are to make sure that some of Manchester’s most vulnerable residents can leave homelessness behind for good.”
Matthew Carter, Product and Communications Director, at The Co-operative Bank, said: “As a Manchester based employer, we see first-hand the impact homelessness has in the city and we are delighted to launch this partnership with Centrepoint which will really help tackle some of the issues currently being faced by homeless young people across the UK.