Disruption in their education and training is one of the biggest barriers to homeless young people.
40 per cent of the young people who come to Centrepoint have no qualifications when they arrive.
We give homeless young people opportunities to learn, gain skills and prepare for a career.
For homeless young people, a job is almost as important as a home. When young people join Centrepoint, we do a learning assessment to work out what kind of support they need. They might want help with their English and maths, support to access college courses or advice and work experience for their chosen career path.
We work with each young person to come up with a plan to reach their goals, supported by the different programmes Centrepoint offers:
One-to-one sessions to help young people improve their basic maths and English.
Life skills training to help young people budget, pay bills and live independently.
Work experience, expert advice and job skills workshops to prepare young people for a career.
Support to express themselves through drama, fashion, dance, music and photography.
Lacking basic maths and English skills can stand in the way of homeless young people's ambitions. Sarah helps them get the qualifications they need to go to college or university.
'It can be a race against time to get them the qualifications but recently three of my students have started university courses. That’s really exciting!'
For many people, a travelcard is just a card: a way to get from A to B. For young people like Ruby, it's the difference between a life on the streets and a life of opportunity. Life, for Ruby, has been very ugly. She had a difficult childhood with her aunt, who moved frequently and had children of her own. Ruby always felt unloved and unwanted. At times, she was overwhelmed by dark thoughts and there was no-one to listen and understand. Her situation with her aunt only grew worse, until she felt she had no choice but to leave home.
Workwise is our programme to help young people into work. Lasting six weeks, it incorporates workshops, one-to-one support and work experience opportunities. Whatever the barriers between a young person and work, Workwise provides support to overcome them. As part of our efforts to extend our positive impact even further, it's also open to vulnerable young people who haven't experienced homelessness.
I worked at three places through Workwise: in HR at a hospital, at a production studio and as a waitress in one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants. Centrepoint doesn't ignore your ambitions. I told them that I want to do presenting - I got to host a Centrepoint event and they advised me to get a job for now and work on my career. They listen when you tell them what you're thinking and they push you - they make you try your best.