Our charity partner -
End Youth Homelessness

We’re proud to partner with End Youth Homelessness, a national movement of local charities working together to end youth homelessness in the UK.


 

Through our partnership with End Youth Homelessness, we're helping hundreds of homeless young people (aged 16 to 25) move into their own homes, and providing the support they need to rebuild their future.
Together with customers and colleagues we aim to raise over £1 million over the course of the partnership, January 2017 – June 2020.


A Place to Call Home

We believe that to build a successful future, everyone needs a safe place to call home. Through our partnership, we’ll help young people to overcome some of the enormous financial barriers to living independently like rental deposits, the first month’s rent, or household essentials and furniture. We’ll also provide young people with the personalised, practical help they need to find their new home and manage their tenancy. Together, we’re helping homeless young people build a brighter future.

We’ve been supporting them by raising vital funds for the last three years. Together, we’re supporting vulnerable young people (aged 16 to 25 years) to live independently in a home of their own.

Frankie's story

The reality of homelessness

Becoming homeless hit me like a brick wall.

After a relationship breakdown, Frankie was forced to leave her home with nowhere to turn.

Managing to hold down a job, Frankie anxiously spent her nights flitting 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. The realities of homelessness can drastically affect a young person’s mental health. Mental health issues affect more than 80% of homeless young people.**

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.


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 are committed to giving young people the dedicated support they need to rebuild their lives in their own home. 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.

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.



Just £5 could make a difference and help a young person find a safe place to stay.

For you, it could be the cost of a couple of takeaway coffees or a shop bought lunch. But for a homeless young person, a small sacrifice will make a huge difference in turning their life around.


Please donate £5 today

 

*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.

** https://www.homeless.org.uk/facts/homelessness-in-numbers/health-needs-audit-explore-data

 

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