Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, providing housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire, the Northeast and across the UK through various partnerships.
Centrepoint’s mission is to end youth homelessness by the end of 2037, and to ensure that the next generation are free from homelessness. Centrepoint provides more than just a safe place for homeless young people to sleep. Through the insights from its services, Centrepoint campaign, influence and orchestrate systemic change.
Tackling youth homelessness is more important than ever, as research conducted by Centrepoint has found that as many as 122,000 young people
aged 16-24 presented to their local authority as homeless or at risk of homelessness in the past year. This follows a 40 percent increase in youth homelessness
over the previous five years.
With youth homelessness on the rise, the Nick Maughan Foundation is proud to be supporting the essential work of Centrepoint, both through donations and its flagship programme, BoxWise.
BoxWise, which seeks to empower disadvantaged young people through sport, now runs specially designed programmes for young people who are being supported by Centrepoint in London and Bradford. These programmes seek to equip young people with the necessary skills to rebuild their lives after experiencing homelessness, with BoxWise providing progression routes to help those on its programmes enter further education, vocational training or jobs.
The young people who find themselves homeless do so for a variety and often complex reasons. As Seyi Obakin, the CEO of CentrePoint states, “the range of complex issues that young people are presenting with is also getting wider.”
Through these programmes, the Nick Maughan Foundation works as part of a holistic support mechanism for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.