At all times, our overall goal is to prepare homeless young people to live independently.
Building young people’s confidence, improving their health and providing training is all focused on seeing them move on in a positive way.
To help them take this big step, we prepare young people for moving on while they’re with us and continue to support them for six months after they've left. This support includes workshops teaching practical skills like managing budgets and paying household bills, help to find suitable accommodation to move into and a rent deposit guarantee scheme.
Homeless young people overcome so much to turn their lives around.
But with 86,000 a year asking for help with homelessness and a national shortage of housing, we need your support to help more young people.
Tori suffered violence from her mother followed by a breakdown in her relationship with her godmother, after moving in with her. She came to Centrepoint and immediately hit it off with her key worker Veronica. Within a few months she moved from her hostel to one of Centrepoint's self-contained flats. After a year she moved on into her own home, Veronica went with her when she signed the contract. Seven years later, Tori still lives in the home Centrepoint helped her into.
Lifewise is our programme to build young people's independence. Taking a wide ranging approach, we help them get to grips with skills that are often taken for granted. Homelessness can prevent young people from learning how to pay bills, manage their money and even cook. By taking part in the parts of Lifewise that are right for them, they're better prepared for life after Centrepoint.