Young people

Becca's story

08 March, 2019

Following difficulties at home, Becca went to live with her nan. But when her nan discovered she was…

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Tash's Story

15 May, 2018

Aged 16, Tash was forced to leave home and then spent six years sofa surfing.

But after staying with…

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Nathaniel's story

12 March, 2019

In his own words, Nathaniel explains how he came to Centrepoint and how our Bursary scheme helped hi…

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Jeremiah's Story

03 January, 2019

Aged 22, Jeremiah was thrown out of his home after his father refused to accept that he was gay.


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Sarah's Story

03 January, 2019

Sarah came to Centrepoint after her mental health spiralled out of control and she was not able to s…

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50th Anniversary: Cara's Story

19 June, 2019

Cara ended up at Centrepoint in the early noughties after leaving her family home due to her dad’s d…

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50th Anniversary: Emilyn's Story

23 July, 2019

Emilyn was a Centrepoint resident in 2007 after her mental health deteriorated. Whilst living with Centrepoint, she received support from her keyworker and the learning team, which eventually lead her to university. Emilyn now works for the UK's leading charity for social integration. 

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Sofia's Story

12 August, 2019

Sofia was brought to UK from Portugal by her Godmother when she was five years old following neglect and violence at home.

When the relationship with her Godmother also broke down, Sofia was referred to Centrepoint. She is currently living in a Centrepoint service for young parents and is studying to be a teacher with the help of Centrepoint’s bursary scheme. She has been nominated for the Centrepoint Personal Development Award.

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Gareth's Story

15 August, 2019

Gareth found himself homeless after university. Thanks to Centrepoint, Gareth is now in his own place and due to start an FA coaching course with support from Centrepoint’s bursary.

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Elise's Story

06 September, 2019

Elise went through the care system and came to Centrepoint when she was 18. With Centrepoint’s support, she secured a place at university and completed her degree. 

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Brookemorgan's Story

29 October, 2019

Brookemorgan was housed by Centrepoint for two years. It was here, she says, that she was given the "breathing space" to become independent. 

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Jen's Story

26 March, 2020

Jen* became homeless at 16 following a relationship breakdown with her mum. For two weeks in the dead of winter, Jen sofa-surfed or wandered the streets desperately trying to find somewhere to keep warm.

Eventually, Jen was referred to Centrepoint’s therapeutic service for 16-18 year olds in a farmhouse outside Bradford. While initially reluctant to accept help, one year later she’s thriving and looking forward to going back to college.

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Morgan's Story

28 July, 2020

Following a family break up and subsequent mental ill-health, Morgan, 22, dropped out of university and ended up homeless. After a period of sofa-surfing and rough sleeping, Morgan was referred to Night Stop and later Centrepoint where he started on his road to recovery. He now volunteers as a youth advocate within Centrepoint.

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Shannon's Story

21 September, 2020

At just 17, Shannon was referred to Centrepoint when her foster placement broke down. Whilst with Centrepoint, Shannon was supported to finish college, complete an apprenticeship and apply to university. She has recently moved into her own flat and is about to start her degree in fashion design.

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Ziggy's Story

05 November, 2020

Ziggy had a difficult journey before he came to Centrepoint - homelessness, drugs and crime. He embarked on a roller coaster ride of sleeping in unsafe places like bus shelters and falling in with a bad crowd, which led to run-ins with the police.

Seven years since leaving Centrepoint, Ziggy, now 29, got in touch with us wanting to share his story in his own words. Here it is.

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Lewis's Story

18 November, 2020

Lewis 19, lives at a Centrepoint hostel in Central London where he has been since he left care at 18. He is studying game design and recently won a House of Vans competition with Centrepoint to design a skateboard.

His skateboard, along with others designed by famous artists such as Grayson Perry will be part of a virtual auction hosted by The Auction Collective to raise vital funds for homeless young people.  

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Christian's Story

09 December, 2020

Christian, 23, was recently nominated for – and won – the Centrepoint Partners Inspiration Award. Ria, a support worker who worked for Broxtowe Youth Homelessness, nominated Christian because, despite extremely difficult experiences, she says Christian was able to turn his life around and through volunteering, inspired not only the young people they support, but the staff too.

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"From the age of five to nine my life was like my own horror story really."

19 December, 2017

Aged five, Zinnia’s mum kicked her and her dad out. Aged nine, Zinnia was placed into foster care.


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"I wanted to give a better life to my son"

13 February, 2018

Claudette's drive and spirit are truly inspiring. That's why she was the deserving winner of the Ent…

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A terrifying journey

20 February, 2018

When Tien arrived in London, she was scared, sick, tired and all alone.

But thanks to her support wo…

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Aidan's Story

26 March, 2018

"I left home when I was 20 because I was being forced into an arranged marriage."

"Today, I'm workin…

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Dreaming of working with top athletes

13 February, 2018

Josh had a difficult childhood and was put in to care in his early teens.  

His passion for sport and…

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Georges tells his story

21 March, 2018

After suffering physical abuse from his mum, Georges became homeless.

But since coming to Centrepoin…

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Jamie's Story

28 June, 2019

Jamie sought help from Centrepoint on four different occasions over a period of six years, which gave her some stability amongst the chaos. Jamie has now moved on from Centrepoint and has recently completed her Masters in Dance.

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Never been back

20 March, 2018

On Christmas Day, Ben went to hospital with chronic pain and was diagnosed with sciatica. To make ma…

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The best mum she could be

13 February, 2018

With support and a lot of dedication, Tamara turned her life around.

Growing in confidence, Tamara w…

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a traumatic childhood

19 August, 2016

After struggling with homelessness and experiencing mental health problems, Catherine took control o…

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abused by his parents

13 August, 2016

Daniel's parents both abused him verbally and physically -they made it clear that he wasn't wanted. …

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family breakdown

17 August, 2016

Hannah’s problems began when her family home burnt down.

After living through family arguments in te…

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hospitalised by her mother

10 August, 2016

At just 15 years old, Tori was hospitalised by her Mum.

She was forced to leave home in difficult ci…

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self harming to escape

14 August, 2016

Chloe left home in Bradford at 15 to search for her biological father in London. Things didn’t work …

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sleeping rough at 15 years old

12 December, 2016

John had a troubled and unstable childhood. His father suffered with mental illness and his mother w…

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