ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

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Kyle M's story

Kyle moved into Centrepoint in Bradford after constant rows at home became too much. He came to Centrepoint, where, as well as a safe place to live, he had the support of a counselor.

With help to find his feet, he’s repaired the relationship with his parents, and is making plans for the future.

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Kyle moved into Centrepoint in Bradford after constant rows at home became too much. With help to find his feet, he’s repaired the relationship with his parents.

‘We never saw eye-to-eye, we were always falling out. We had a massive argument so I stayed at a friend’s until the council pointed me to Centrepoint.’

Relationship breakdowns like the one Kyle went through are the most common reason why young people become homeless.

‘Some think that young people are attention seekers, but they don’t understand that they’ve got nowhere to go.’

‘At first it was hard. I’d always counted on my parents’ support. As the weeks progressed it just got easier and easier.’

As well as a safe place to live, Centrepoint also provides counselling support.

‘Centrepoint have helped me out really well through all this. They’ve helped me keep in contact with my parents; talking through everything.’

Kyle sees a big difference in his family relationships now.

‘There’s no arguments between me and my parents at all. We’re just talking to each other like we’re adults and not bickering like children.

‘The bond between me and my family, me and my friends, is really strong now.’

As well as improvements in his existing relationships, Kyle is enjoying meeting new people.

‘I’ve made quite a few friends at Centrepoint. It’s really good, I’m more independent – I do my own stuff.’

Kyle is bringing this positivity to his future ambitions and search for work.

‘At Centrepoint they’re pointing me in the right directions, showing me how to apply for things. It’s a new lifestyle, it’s really changing me for good.

‘My ambition is to find a job where I can help people. I’ve done a lot of voluntary work and I want to give back to those who’ve helped me.’

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