Being homeless takes its toll on young people. We give them the support they need to look after their mental and physical health.
Good health is the foundation on which they can build their confidence, skills and independence.
Every young person staying with us has a health assessment within a month of moving in. Good health is a huge part of finding a home, a job and becoming independent. Young people who've had health support from Centrepoint are 21 per cent more likely to get into their preferred education and training.
Whatever kind of help they need to improve their health, Centrepoint provides young people with:
Short and long-term counselling to deal with the stresses and strains of homelessness.
Healthy living workshops to help young people learn how to take care of themselves.
Cookery and nutrition workshops to prepare young people for independence.
Emotional support that means young people know we're behind them every step of the way.
Izzy works with young people to improve their diets and general physical health. She challenges young people's ideas about what is and isn’t healthy and gets them to try new things.
'I worked with a young mum recently and though it took several sessions, by the end she was cooking loads for herself and her little boy.'
Inflexible appointment times, waiting lists and travel costs mean many homeless young people have negative experiences of clinical settings - others may not understand their own complicated health needs. Our team of trained health professionals reach out to the young people staying with us across 45 locations in London alone. By providing health education we empower them to take control of their wellbeing and the effects that homelessness has had on it. Attaining good health and the resilience to keep it is fundamental to their independence.
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.