A charity which helps homeless young people stay safe and improve their life chances has teamed up with the Heavy Music Awards.
Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people – has become an Official Charity Partner of HMA18.
Every year the organisation helps 9,200 people aged 16-25 by providing a safe place to live, mental and physical health checks and a path into education, training and employment across London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.
The award-winning charity – which employs 350 people – was founded in 1969 by The Reverend Kenneth Leech and has since provided a safe haven for 125,000 young people.
Paul Noblet, Head of Public Affairs at Centrepoint, said: “We’re so grateful for the support of the Heavy Music Awards and the opportunity to turn up the volume around the issue of youth homelessness.
“Thousands of young people every year are forced to sleep on the streets, night buses, or the floors and sofas of friends, family and strangers. These scarring experiences damage young people’s physical and mental health, crush their confidence and put their futures on hold.
“Homelessness doesn’t have to define a young person’s life. Centrepoint provide a safe place to stay, support to get healthy, find work and the confidence to express themselves – including through music.
“Please lend your support if you can and help vulnerable young people leave homelessness behind for good.”
Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “Homelessness is a huge problem that continues to be an issue in the lives of many young people across the UK. We are immensely proud to have teamed up with Centrepoint and help in some way.
“Their work has an amazingly positive impact upon the lives of thousands of young people each year who have been forced onto the streets and it is because people support them that this situation continues to improve.
“The world of heavy music has its part to play in this and we are honoured to offer the HMAs platform to Centrepoint to raise awareness and funds for the cause.”
Homeless young people helped by Centrepoint are given accommodation for two years and then supported for six months afterwards to ensure they can live independently.
And with tens of thousands of young people approaching councils each year for help, Centrepoint also campaigns to influence local and central government policy on developing practical measures towards ending youth homelessness.
Once supported by Diana, Princess of Wales, Centrepoint now benefits from the patronage of The Duke of Cambridge and a team of influential Ambassadors including Ellie Goulding, Lorraine Kelly, Jonathon Ross, Sara Cox, Richard Madeley and Colin Salmon.
- Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25.
- Centrepoint supports over 9,200 homeless young people a year nationally.
- The Freephone Centrepoint Helpline is for any young person aged 16-25 who is worried about homelessness. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The Centrepoint Helpline number is: 0808 800 0661.
- Centrepoint supports young people to pursue education, training and employment, and to develop independent living skills.
- Through policy work, Centrepoint aims to influence public policy, campaigning on behalf of the young people it supports and homeless young people throughout the UK.
- Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 116,000 homeless young people.
- HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Centrepoint’s Patron in 2005.
- For more information, visit: centrepoint.org.uk