A safe place to live is just the start.
Vulnerable young people need much more than a bed. Centrepoint provides health support, teaches life skills and gets them back into education, training and employment.
This support - tackling every area of need - means 90 per cent of our young people move on positively.
It's not easy. Getting a homeless young person into a hostel is just the first step. From there, we need to make sure that young person is equipped and ready to live independently. To do this, we need dedicated and specialist staff, we need support workers around the clock, we need engaging programmes and we need funding to make it happen.
Ending youth homelessness means tackling the issues before homelessness starts - mediation, support, the right information and someone to talk to. We're preparing to launch our first advice line for young people experiencing homelessness or those at risk, as well as providing information for friends, families, teachers, support workers and anyone else who needs it. Help us stop youth homelessness before it begins.
We've supported 116,000 homeless young people since we started in 1969, but we need your help to support thousands more. Donating, running, skydiving, work challenges and volunteering - there are so many ways you can get involved.
Chloe was just 15 and had a history of self-harming when she became homeless for the first time. After a stay with Centrepoint in Bradford and the support of her key worker, Jenny, she felt ready to leave and moved to London. But an abusive relationship left her homeless again. Centrepoint helped her get back home to Bradford and found her a new, safe place to live. 'If you’re positive and you’re ready to move on in life then Centrepoint will help you, they’ll help you succeed all the way.'
We support homeless young people directly, but our work reaches much further than that. We work with partner organisations across the UK supporting regions we can't be in. We support smaller charities to have a louder voice. We lobby politicians and policy makers to make sure homeless young people everywhere have a better chance. We research to make sure the facts are right. And we even get the biggest football teams in the country on board to help us!
If you think you might be homeless, are sleeping rough or feel you're at risk, we can help you find the advice you need.