Every year Centrepoint supports more than 14,000 young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. With increasingly more young people asking for help from their local authority and the situation getting worse, leaving a gift in your Will to Centrepoint will help change lives.
No matter the size, a gift made in your Will can help homeless young people who need our help in the future. Through legacy planning, even 1% of an estate can make the difference for one of the young people we support, helping them to leave homelessness behind for good and fulfill their potential.
Making a Will secures a future for your family and loved ones. It is one of the most important things that everyone has to consider at some point in their life. If you pass away without a Will, you won’t get a say in who inherits your property, possessions and money. Our Will Guide has information on how to value your estate and what to consider when deciding what you would like to leave to your loved ones.
We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different that's why we offer supporters the opportunity to write or update their Will for free with our Will writing partner, Bequeathed, making it as simple and convenient as possible for you.
Over the last 50 years, Centrepoint has worked continuously to tackle the rising numbers of youth homelessness across the UK, adapting and changing to meet the needs of the young individuals it affects. Your gift will continue to support this vital work, meaning Centrepoint can provide homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment for years to come.
But where exactly does your money go? Well, for every £1 Centrepoint spends, 69p goes directly to supporting homeless young people, 8p goes towards overheads and governance, and the remaining 23p goes towards raising the next £1. For each pound Centrepoint invests in fundraising, we generate £2.20 in additional funds.
You can see more areas of our work your money could support here.
Tamara was kicked out of her family home when she was 18. She was also 35 weeks pregnant. After giving birth to her son, she was discharged from hospital straight onto the streets. For the next three months, she was forced to sofa-surf with a newborn baby.
“When I first came to Centrepoint, I hoped for a roof over my and my son’s head. Some kind of support, and someone to believe in me. I just needed a boost, and give me the chance to do that.”
Centrepoint helped Tamara to recover from homelessness. She now has a flat of her own in which she can raise her son: “My dream for the future is to become a support worker for young people that have mental health problems. Centrepoint gave me all of my hope, to become a better mum and a better person. And now I want to be involved in doing the same for others.”
I’m a mum, and it distresses me to see someone’s son or daughter living on the street. That’s why I’ve decided to leave a small share of my estate to Centrepoint in my Will – I know it will take long-term support to help them get back on their feet.
Thinking of leaving a gift to Centrepoint in your Will? Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have.
Centrepoint aims to give homeless young people a future. Our long-term goal is to end youth homelessness.