A girl outside the Centrepoint Soho centre for homeless young people in the 1970s. 2019 marks Centrepoint's 50th anniversary.

Change the story

2019 marks Centrepoint's 50th anniversary. Over the last 50 decades we've helped thousands of young people, but many more still have nowhere safe to stay tonight.

Will you help us change the story for young homeless people and the thousands more at risk?

End youth homelessness for good

A hidden crisis is unfolding across the UK. Our social support system is crumbling, leaving thousands of vulnerable young people homeless. We can put this right and make sure every young person has a safe place to call home and the future they deserve. But we need urgent action. Together we can change the story and end youth homelessness for good.

Two homeless young people outside the Centrepoint Soho night shelter in the 1970s. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

Valued@Centrepoint: 50th Anniversary Staff and Volunteer Awards

Over the past five decades, thousands of staff and volunteers have dedicated their time to positively changing the lives of homeless young people.

Do you know a member of the Centrepoint team or a volunteer, past or present, who has gone above and beyond to positively change the story?

Make sure they get the recognition they deserve this anniversary year.

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Centrepoint: The Beginning

As Centrepoint turns 50, we speak to three women involved in the early days of the charity, who were there when the gates to the night shelter were first opened on the 16th December 1969...

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The Centrepoint Soho night shelter during the 1980s. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

Centrepoint residents through the decades

Since starting out in a church basement in Central London in 1969, Centrepoint has grown into the UK's leading youth homelessness charity. 

With our support, residents have been able to transform their lives by coming to Centrepoint. Here they explain how we helped them to change their story.

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The Centrepoint Soho car outside London Victoria station in the 1970s. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary for the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

Centrepoint staff through the decades

To mark Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary, former and current staff members reflect on their time at Centrepoint and youth homelessness through the decades.

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Universal Credit homeless young person

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In our 50th year, we're campaigning to change the story for homeless young people. 

When young people aren’t able to find a job, or rely on family to support them, Universal Credit is a lifeline.

But young people get a much smaller allowance for housing. It’s meant to cover the cost of a room in a shared house, but it rarely does - and house shares are almost impossible to find in many parts of the country.

This unfair treatment is trapping thousands of young people in a cycle of homelessness, unable to start building a future. We need Universal Credit to cover the real cost of renting locally - for under 25s leaving homelessness accommodation.

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Talkin' 'bout my generation

The last five decades have seen massive change to the UK housing market. No age group has been more affected by these changes than young people as they transition to adulthood and independence. As we mark our 50th year, we look back across the generations. Our poll of over 1,600 UK adults reveals the changing experiences of young people growing up and leaving home; from those who came of age in the 1970s to young people today

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