As temperatures plummet, thousands of vulnerable young people will have no place to stay this Christmas. We need your support urgently to make sure we can keep supporting homeless young people over the Christmas period - and in the year to come.
We'll support a young person for as long as it takes, but we need your support today.
Last year, thanks to supporters like you, we helped support over 15,000 homeless young people to leave homelessness behind for good. However since 2010, rough sleeping has skyrocketed by 165%. That's why this Christmas we need your support to give vulnerable young people a safe place to stay.
Her mum used to bring home different boyfriends, who would stay for a while and leave. When one of them abused Katie, her mum chose to believe her boyfriend instead of her own daughter. Then things got even worse. Her mum’s mental health was so erratic, she repeatedly turned Katie out of the house. When Katie told someone what was happening, her mum would claim Katie had left and she was welcome back. This made it very difficult for her to find support.
She ended up staying with her aunt in her council house, but as she wasn’t supposed to be living there her aunt asked her to leave after 6 months when the council found out. Still a young teenager, Katie decided to ask some friends if she could sleep on their sofa, but after a while she had to move on.
When I was on the streets, I didn’t sleep, I was too scared. I just used to walk about from place to place. It was January time and I just couldn’t cope with it. I then had an assessment and came straight to Centrepoint. My life’s changed being here. I had nothing to be honest. But then Stephen, my Key Worker, made me feel so much better. He’s so good. From being rock bottom, it’s unbelievable how much he helped me. He got me my bidding number, he sorted out my Universal Credit, he sorted out my ID – I had no birth certificate or photo ID, so he got me a replacement birth certificate.
I’m doing alright now, I love being at Centrepoint. Next week we’re going on work experience – it’s to help us develop our skills and get work. I think it’s really changed me, changed how I feel about things; I just love it. Chantelle helped me get on it when she became my Key Worker. In the future, I hope to have a place to call my own and I want to be in university. I want to complete my childcare course at college – I’ve got my interview coming up and then I want to go on to university because I want to be a nursery teacher.
Centrepoint is the UK's leading youth homelessness charity. Together with our partners, we support more than 15,000 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 Christmas 2019 research, based on a sample of 227 young people being supported by Centrepoint and our partner organisations.
By giving just one or two pounds more each month, you'll be helping us be there for more young people like Katie. To increase your gift by phone please call 0800 23 23 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.