Centrepoint was set up in 1969 after Reverend Kenneth Leech noticed a number of young people sleeping rough outside his church in Soho. It is now the UK’s leading charity working to give homeless young people a future.
Centrepoint’s mission is to support homeless people into long-term accommodation and to prevent disadvantaged young people from falling into a cycle of homelessness.
Operating in London, Yorkshire and Humberside and in the North East, Centrepoint supports more than 9,000 homeless young people each year into accommodation and employment.
Centrepoint provides more than just emergency housing. Their award-winning approach emphasises working with homeless young people in all aspects of their lives; ensuring they are heathy, have access to education, training and employment opportunities and gain the essential life skills required to escape homelessness for good.
In the North East, Centrepoint has developed partnerships with 100 employers and is currently managing over 100 apprenticeships and 40 traineeships with a range of businesses. The project addresses the root causes of unemployment for homeless young people in the North East by offering learning support on a daily basis.
Learning Support Workers offer one-to-one support to engage young people in their futures, helping them to achieve qualifications and ultimately support them into employment.
Virgin Money Foundation awarded Centrepoint £49,310 to employ two Learning Support Workers to work with the young people they support in Sunderland.