This year Travail offices in Newark, and Doncaster have chosen to support, Centerpoint, the charity which gives homeless young people a future.
There are many examples of homeless young people; young people sleeping on the streets are the most visible examples of youth homelessness, but Centrepoint supports all homeless young people, whatever their experience of homelessness, for example in temporary hostel or bed and breakfast accommodation, 'Sofa surfing' (staying temporarily with lots of different people) or in unsuitable or unsafe accommodation.
Travail have chosen to raise funds for Centrepoint in 2012 and they plan to take part in sponsored bag packs, sponsored goal scoring and hopefully join the Great Big Sleep Out again if it takes place this year. In return for the chance to dress down every Friday our staff are happy to be personally contributing to the charity pot on a weekly basis.
It really is incredible how a little bit of money makes a great deal of difference for some of our most vulnerable young people.
Just £12 a month can provide a warm, safe room for a young homeless person and help them learn the skills to live independently.
£25 could pay for a weekly travel card, allowing a young person to and from work or college or £50 could pay for a study kit of college or university essentials, including textbooks, a notepad, paper and pens.
Centrepoint gives homeless young people a chance to turn their lives around, build firm foundations, and prepare for a future where they realise their potential. They support over 1,200 young people a year.
Giving a young person a place to stay is the first of many steps toward overcoming their homelessness in the long term.
Their service for homeless young people starts with a room. These range from night shelters for emergencies, to hostels for short stays, to supported flats and foyers with facilities for learning on site. They provide services specifically for young people who are leaving the care of the local authority, for ex-offenders, and for young single parents.
Young people could stay in a service from nine nights to two years, depending on their circumstances. From this foundation, they can begin to tackle the problems that led them to become homeless. They can learn to trust people again and develop their self-respect.
Travail are proud to be working with Centrepoint in 2012 and can’t wait to start contributing to their funds and shouting about the issues they need to tackle. There will be lots of exciting, fun and innovative ways in which they will raise money – watch this space for more news and pictures.
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