If you were in Manchester and happened to walk past the doors of 52 Oldham Street, chances are you wouldn’t give it a second glance. As a building, it’s certainly seen better days, with graffiti marking the walls outside and a rather tired looking balcony.
But behind those doors, Centrepoint has been delivering life-changing services since 2017. This building is now the first port of call for every single homeless young person in the area, offering outreach, prevention and mental health services, learning opportunities, and so much more.
Of course, having many services on offer is fantastic, but it has led to a higher footfall of young people at risk – and 52 Oldham Street is just not fit to cope with the growing demand. Imagine arriving as a young person in serious distress and finding a run-down place with nowhere private to talk, nowhere comfortable to sit and nowhere to wash and change. Would that feel like a safe haven to you?
Your generosity will fund a building that’s transformative for young people in need, from the moment they arrive. Every single space has been specially designed to make them feel safe, supported, valued and cared for. If you'd like to learn more about the space, click the link below to see the architect's flat-plan.
With your help, we will create an environment for vulnerable young people to recover, grow, and make steps to independent living.
We will carefully consider the impact of the physical environment on the young people who will be using the space to create an environment that is not just in good condition but promotes safety and helps create positive relationships.
In addition to the spaces for young people, we will deliver an inspiring working environment for our dedicated frontline support staff, with consideration paid to their security and wellbeing in a high-pressured environment.
Centrepoint currently employs 55 staff in Manchester, 40 of whom directly support young people through the provision of frontline services. This means spaces that are thoughtfully designed for the core life-changing services that operate from our building.
Click below to read the full project brochure, and find out more about what this will mean for young people in the area, as well as taking a closer look at more of the new psychologically informed environment.
Undiagnosed narcolepsy combined with a global pandemic meant that Jay found himself homeless after having to defer his university course. After he got in touch with Centrepoint, Jay was helped by our team, who were able to find him emergency accommodation before moving him on to long-term supported housing.
As part of the wrap-around care that we offer, Jay was introduced to some exciting opportunities. Not only is he involved in the re-brand and redevelopment of 52 Oldham Street, but he has also secured an internship with the Manchester International Festival.
Thanks to the support of people like you, Jay has a bright future ahead of him – and we all wish him well!
Research suggests that homeless young people are eight times more likely to have experienced poor mental health than their peers. 52 Oldham Street supports over 200 young people every year through mental health crisis support and psychotherapy. The refurbishment will create a calm and relaxing space where young people can tackle their mental health needs with qualified psychotherapists.
Engagement & Learning
Supporting young people into employment is a crucial step in the path to independent living. We will provide a motivating and inspiring space where young people can develop their skills and confidence and improve their prospects with dedicated sessions from our learning and engagement teams.
The Homelessness Prevention & Relief Service in Manchester is central to our work. It is the initial presentation point for young people in the city to seek advice and support. It's imperative that we provide a safe and confidential space where young people can learn about their rights, entitlements and make informed choices about the options available to them.
In order to support young people who are rough sleeping, we require a functional and practical space where young people can eat, wash, launder their clothes and pick up essential items such as personal hygiene products. Our offer is dedicated to getting young people off the street, but we must be prepared to support young people in any way when they present at our centre.
“Since becoming Mayor of Greater Manchester in 2017, I have made tackling rough sleeping and homelessness one of my top priorities. It has been incredible to see the work that goes on every day across Greater Manchester supporting people in really difficult circumstances to turn their lives around.
"Any organisation with that mission at its heart has my admiration and support. Centrepoint’s expertise and long history of working with young people is especially important because we know they often face real challenges to access safe and affordable housing. That’s why I am fully behind Greater Manchester Future Foundations, which will be a fantastic addition to the support we have available in the city-region. I look forward to seeing the new development change lives.”