ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

Catherine, a Centrepoint young person.

Health and wellbeing

Being homeless takes its toll on young people, putting them at risk of health problems.

Good health is the foundation on which they can build their confidence, skills and independence.

Getting past the mental and physical effects of homelessness

Good health is a huge part of finding a home, a job and becoming independent. We offer young people the support they need to look after their mental and physical health.

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Giving young people the support they need

Inflexible appointment times, waiting lists and travel costs mean many homeless young people have negative experiences of statutory and community clinical settings and services. Many others may not understand their own complicated health needs. By providing an in-house health service, we give young people access to tailored support, where and when it suits them.

Centrepoint's Health and Wellbeing Team

Our in-house health team of specialists work with young people on a range of issues. 

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Psychotherapy

Long-term talking therapy to help young people cope emotionally with the difficulties in their lives.

Substance abuse

Substance use

Advice and support to help young people manage and reduce their substance use.

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Mental health advice

Crisis support and advocacy for young people experiencing mental health problems.

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Nutrition and dietetics

Educating young people about diet and nutrition – helping them to take better care of themselves and to manage health conditions.

Centrepoint has supported homeless young people since 1969.

Healthy relationships

Support and advocacy for young people experiencing unsafe, unhealthy or abusive relationships.

The Food Point: Centrepoint's social supermarket

The Food Point

Food insecurity is a problem nearly all Centrepoint young people face. To tackle this, the Dietetics Team came up with The Food Point – a social supermarket which provides access to healthy affordable food.

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Toxic mix The health needs of homeless young people

Many homeless young people are nutritionally vulnerable, and have mental and physical health problems, including substance abuse. Our research explored the health concerns of homeless young people supported by our services.

Download our report

Good health underpins all our work

Long term good health means that homeless young people are able benefit from our other programmes like education, jobs skills training and sport. Teams across Centrepoint recognise this and work together to build health support into all of the workshops and projects open to young people.

Learning

We give homeless young people the opportunity to complete their education, gain skills and prepare for a career. 

Housing

Centrepoint gives homeless young people a place to stay while they get the help they need to move on to independence.

Moving On

At all times, our overall goal is to prepare homeless young people to leave our services postively and live independently.