This Christmas, 22,000 young people in England will face homelessness. We think this is outrageous.
Please donate to our Safe at Christmas Appeal, and help give a young homeless person a safe place to stay. Somewhere they can rebuild their life – and eventually move on to independence.
Your gift could train a Helpline worker to answer that first call from a homeless young person – and help get them back to safety.
Homelessness is tough on mental health – your gift could help pay for an initial mental and physical health assessment, so that a young person gets the support or treatment they urgently need.
Your gift will not only help provide a warm, safe room a year, but it will also give a young person help with life skills like budgeting, and support them into education, training, or a job so they can start their future.
I didn’t have anything to eat and no money. It was Christmas, and at that time of year it was freezing. I’m doing alright now. I love it here. Centrepoint support me with so much. I’m not brilliant at my budgeting at the moment so they support me with my plans and show me to how stick to things. Also when I’m feeling down, they encourage me not to hide my feelings and to talk to someone instead.
This year, 22,000 young people will face homelessness at Christmas. We know from our research that too many of them feel scared and lonely, and face exploitation and abuse.* Simply having a Christmas dinner together and joining in with group activities can mean the world to homeless young people. If you believe that young people should have somewhere to spend Christmas, please help us reach even more young people and donate to our Safe at Christmas Appeal.
Ben will never forget the Christmas Day he ended up seriously ill in hospital. To make matters worse, a relative visited and told him he couldn't go home. He's never been back. Ben left hospital with nowhere to go, and had no choice but to spend long dark nights on a park bench.
This Christmas, 22,000 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 15,000 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.
*Centrepoint research based on a survey of 227 young people across England and Wales currently residing in homelessness accommodation, conducted in 2019.