A young woman supported by Centrepoint - the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

Why Centrepoint?

Starting out as a night shelter, Centrepoint’s work with young people has evolved beyond all recognition over the last 50 years. We now provide a whole range of support for those aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. We now help them not only with accommodation, but with advice on getting and staying healthy, and getting the education, training and life skills needed to succeed. We do this because giving homeless young people a chance to build new lives is just the right thing to do.

Over the years, we have provided over 125,000 young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education training and employment. We have campaigned tirelessly for change and to ensure homeless young people getting the support they need when it comes to benefits, education, skills and employment as well as housing.

Two homeless young people outside the Centrepoint Soho night shelter in the 1970s.

50 years of Centrepoint

Read and watch staff and former residents tell our 50 year story. 

Read the story


But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’ve bought in specialists to bring our vision to life:

  • The Growth Board, chaired by Jamie Reuben and Javad Marandi, and comprised of experts across the property sector
  • A new internal department made up of experts with many years of collective experience in property, employment and supporting young people
  • An independent research and evaluation project will be completed by an academic institution to determine the social impact and outcomes for young people, and to support the continued growth and development of the programme

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