We know young people sleep rough every night - in parks, stairwells, under bridges and worse. But there are thousands more you don't see - spending the night on buses, on sofas or in the homes of strangers. They're escaping abuse, violence, gangs and fear. Many are homeless because they can't live with their family, or they have no family. More than 150,000 young people ask for help with homelessness every year.
Dale spent his teens caring for his grandmother who has dementia. When she went into a home, he became homeless. He was sofa surfing for several months before he got a room at Centrepoint. A homeless young person has the same dreams and ambitions as anyone else. He passed his A-levels with flying colours, but because he as homeless, university was just out of reach.
Thanks to Centrepoint's bursary, Dale had the funds for travel, books and a laptop. He is now at uni studying criminology and sociology.
A donation to Centrepoint's bursary means you could help homeless young people like Dale into education.
On a cold night, Kyle found himself sleeping on the streets. He was just 13 years old. Bullying had changed his behaviour at school, leading to him getting into trouble and eventually being expelled. Arguments with his parents erupted and he was soon told to leave. He had no other family to turn to, and no friends. He was eventually allowed back home, but family life didn't get better. At 16, he was homeless again and sofa surfed for four months. On top of this, he had crippling mental health issues. His first experience of a hostel was difficult, but his second was a success. Kyle was helped into his own place and eventually reconnected with his family.
We provide a home. We help vulnerable young people get physically and mentally healthy. We get homeless young people back into education, training or work. We couldn't do this without your generous donations, fundraising and corporate support to make this happen. Thank you.
By sponsoring a room at Centrepoint you can help a homeless young person leave homelessness behind for good. For just £12 a month you can help save lives and change lives.
We believe in being responsible and transparent with our finances. Your money helps us make an impact for homeless young people now and in the future. It pays for our support services and helps us invest in ways that bring us closer to ending youth homelessness for good.
For every £1 we spend, 76p goes directly on supporting young people, 23p goes on making sure we can support them in the future through fundraising and just 1p goes on administration and governance.
For more than ten years, Sleep Out events across the country have helped raise funds and awareness for homeless young people.
Rough sleeping is on the rise. 28 per cent of UK young people have slept in an unsafe place because they had nowhere else to go. For the first time ever we're asking our supporters to help by holding their own Sleep Outs! Find out more about how to get involved.