We’re proud to partner with End Youth Homelessness, a UK wide movement, bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.
We’ve been supporting them by raising vital funds for the last two years. Together, we’re supporting vulnerable young people (aged 16 to 25 years) to live independently in a home of their own.
If you can’t go home because of a relationship breakdown, where can you go?
This was the reality for Frankie, who was forced to leave her home and didn’t know where to turn.
Like a lot of young people facing homelessness Frankie anxiously flitted from sofa to sofa, hoping the goodwill of friends didn’t run out.
“When I was sofa surfing I felt like nothing in my life at that time was secure, worrying about where I would go next” Frankie.
Being homeless manifests in different ways and like in Frankie’s case is often hidden. From sofa surfing between friends and acquaintances to riding the bus all night to escape the dangers outside, it’s a miserable existence.
Sofa surfing can drastically affect a young person’s mental health. Mental health issues affect more than 80% of homeless young people.**
The reality of homelessness
For Frankie, being homeless and moving from place to place made holding down a job incredibly challenging but against all odds she managed to do it. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for every young person as they get stuck in a vicious cycle that negatively affects confidence and mental wellbeing. These vulnerable young people have their whole lives ahead of them; they just need the opportunity to turn their lives around. We need to give young people the dedicated support they need to tackle the problems that made them homeless in the first place.
Our funding has helped Frankie break away from a cycle of homelessness and supported her to live independently. Through a rent deposit guarantee, home essentials grant and dedicated support our project has provided Frankie with the step up she needed to get her life back on track.
To support young people in their new home, they also benefit from financial advice and support in building the life skills and confidence they need to move on to lead successful and independent lives.
Whilst being supported by the project, Frankie managed to save enough money for her own deposit to move to a new city with a new job and supportive friends around her. The scheme has changed her life.
*Centrepoint estimate based on 234 Freedom of Information (FOIs) responses from local authorities in England for 2017-18, a robust estimate for the local authorities that did not respond, plus data for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland whose governments collect it centrally. Standard network rates will apply to text donations. To claim gift aid, reply to the confirmation text and follow the steps.