It might be the first good night's sleep they've had in months. Your donation could make sure homeless young people have a safe, warm place to stay this Christmas and help end youth homelessness in the UK.
From family breakdown to rough sleeping, homelessness is tough on mental health – especially at Christmas. Your donation could mean a young person has access to mental health support.
Your gift will not only help provide a warm, safe room for up to a year, but it will also go towards providing vital support such as functional skills workshops, and access to our sport engagement programmes.
It’s so scary being on your own, it causes depression and makes you feel down and not wanting to do anything. When it comes to Christmas, it’s meant to be a happy time but it’s really not… Someone needs to just say ‘don’t worry, this is not the end’. I never got that. You lose hope, that’s what’s happening to young people. Especially at Christmas you need to give them the confidence not to give up – that there are people around you.
Looking back on the atmosphere at Christmas. I think people were more focused on the actual day than their past and what happened to them before. They were more focused on having fun together, rather than thinking about what we didn’t have before. It was a good day, I felt like most of us got closer together.
Last year, over 2,400 young people were helped by Centrepoint over Christmas. Now we need your help to support more young people. Simply having a Christmas dinner together and joining in group activities can mean the world to homeless young people. If you believe everyone should have someone at Christmas, please donate. We couldn't do what we do without your support.
Ben will never forget the Christmas Day he ended up in hospital seriously ill. To make matters worse, a relative visited him and told him he couldn't go home. He's never been back. Ben left hospital with nowhere to go. He had no choice but to spend long dark nights on a park bench. This Christmas 18,000 young homeless people like Ben won't have a place to call home.
Centrepoint is the UK's leading youth homelessness charity. Together with our partners, we support more than 10,000 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.
We use models and change the names of the young people we work with to protect their identity, however, all stories are true and as told by the young person.
* Stat from Centrepoint's research "Out of reach: young people's experience of rough sleeping and sofa surfing", 2015.