Coronavirus has impacted the most vulnerable in our society. At Centrepoint, we have seen first hand the impact on homeless young people. For them this Christmas isn’t a time to celebrate, but a parallel world of uncertainty and loneliness. You can help be the turning point, by donating today to help us provide a homeless young person with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep this Christmas.
Your gift could pay for a hot meal and a safe place to sleep, for a young person arriving at Centrepoint.
Your gift could go towards a health assessment for a homeless young person arriving to one of our services.
Your gift could pay for the counselling a young person needs to move beyond the trauma of homelessness.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Centrepoint have seen calls to our Helpline increase sharply. Our research earlier this year evidenced the devastating impact on the most vulnerable in our society, with more than three in four councils reporting that they have seen increases in homelessness.
After her relationship with her mum broke down beyond repair, Jen was forced to leave the family home and ended up sleeping rough. She was only 16 years old — afraid, cold and alone.
“It was terrifying. Anything could have happened. My neighbourhood isn’t that safe at the best of times. It was just so cold too; I didn’t even have socks. I’ve got big scars on my ankles from where I was just walking about all the time.”
Jen was referred to Centrepoint. She was given a safe, warm room and began to turn her life around. Today she is studying hairdressing and is looking forward to moving into a home of her own.
“All the staff here are amazing. They have an open door policy and you can go and talk to them whenever you need to.”
Centrepoint is the UK's leading youth homelessness charity. Together with our partners, we support more than 14,000 homeless young people each year. We provide accommodation, mental health support and life skills to get vulnerable young people back into education, training and employment. We want to end youth homelessness in the UK.
Centrepoint estimates that last Christmas over 23,000 young people approached their council as they were homeless or at risk of homelessness and due to COVID-19 we expect it will be even higher this year. For more information on how the data is collected or to find out the data in your area visit our databank.