Talking Point

Talking Point is a series of online events that aim to highlight how your donations and support truly transform the lives of young people who are facing homelessness. Every month we host a different Q&A session with members of staff from across all areas of Centrepoint’s work, so that you can keep up to date with what we’re doing to help homeless young people and learn why your support is vital to what we do.

Q&A Session with Seyi Obakin OBE, Centrepoint Chief Executive

29/09/2020 - This session was an opportunity for supporters to have all of their questions about Centrepoint's work and purpose answered directly by Seyi Obakin OBE. Seyi begins the session with an introduction focusing on what Centrepoint has achieved, the challenges brought on by COVID-19, and what we are setting our sights on in the future. He introduces some of the key objectives coming out of the new strategy and the ways in which Centrepoint will continue to fight until youth homelessness is eradicated. After this short introduction, the platform is given to the audience and their questions.

Moving Forward: Education and Employment

20/08/2020 - Sally Orlopp, Director of People, Skills and Employability, and Sara Lewis, Head of Operations (North) share how Centrepoint works with every young person in their services to develop core skills, move on into education or employment and help them to live independent, secure lives. They explore why it can be especially difficult for vulnerable young people to get into stable employment, and how Centrepoint is looking to help them cope with the significant impact felt by the current economic crisis.

COVID-19: Fighting Food Poverty

16/07/2020 - Isabel Rice, Senior Dietician, shares how food insecurity is experienced in the UK, and the work Centrepoint does to meet the nutritional needs of young people. A shocking 60-70% of the young people in services have reported food insecurity since lockdown measures were introduced, with Emergency Food Actions 3 times higher between March and May this year than usual. Isabel explores the reasons why young people are especially vulnerable to experiencing food poverty, and why your support is vital in helping us put a stop to it.

Covid-19 & Supporting Young People Made Homeless

18/06/2020 - This session focuses on the experiences of vulnerable young people who have been calling in rising numbers to the Centrepoint Helpline during the COVID-19 crisis. Paul Brocklehurst, Senior Manager of Centrepoint Helpline, says the need for Centrepoint's help never stopped, even as life across the country came to a halt. With an almost 60% increase in calls to the Helpline, and staff facing the new challenge of working remotely while trying to help as many young people as possible, it's been a challenging time. Paul brings to light stories heard on the frontline, which paint a troubling picture of a growing crisis taking hold for vulnerable young people amidst the pandemic.


21/05/2020 - This Talking Point session shares the challenges that Centrepoint frontline staff and young people have experienced in the face of COVID-19, and the effort that has been thrown into tackling those challenges. Jennifer Foster, National Head of Housing, speaks about key issues such as how access to usual resources have been impacted, why PPE is needed, and what it means for Centrepoint young people and staff. She shares how the lockdown has been affecting the wellbeing of young people and staff alike, and will shines a light on unheard stories from the frontline during this unprecedented time. This talk covers how Centrepoint has met these challenges, what still needs to be done – and why your support is more important than ever

Our Databank

22/04/2020 - Our first ever online Talking Point explores the reasons why young people face homelessness and what those experiences look like; what kind of support young people are entitled to receive when they reach out for help; as well as some of the wider barriers which are preventing us ending homelessness for good.  Abigail Gill, Senior Policy and Research Manager, examined this through the lens of Centrepoint's newly launched Youth Homelessness Databank, which revealed that 110,000 young people approached their local council for help because they faced homelessness in 2018/19. The Databank collects data from local and national authorities to show the true scale of youth homelessness across the UK.