For 2020, Triangle has chosen Centrepoint Manchester as our Charity of the Year, pledging to raise funds and awareness of the invaluable work they do in tackling youth homelessness and helping keep young people off the streets.
Following on from our Christmas donation, we were privileged to have the opportunity to visit Centrepoint’s central Manchester base, which supports over 2,000 people a year, to see firsthand how their multi-pronged approach is both supporting people in immediate need, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless.
Here are just a few of the things that impressed and inspired us:
1. Practical help
The Manchester centre serves as a first point of call for young people (aged 16-25) experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Staff are specially trained to assess people’s requirements and how they can be supported, including arranging accommodation and food and drink for people in immediate need. They also run a national helpline providing access to advice and direction about where to find local help.
2. Health support
An in-house health service provides tailored support to help people overcome the physical and mental effects of homelessness.
3. Breaking the cycle
Rather than simply offering temporary relief from homelessness, the organisation aims to break the cycle whereby people return to homelessness by instilling skills and confidence to gain employment or enter into education or training. This way, they stop young people becoming entrenched in homelessness long-term.
4. Network across the city
Centrepoint works closely with other Manchester organisations, including hostels, homelessness services for older adults, foodbanks and local authorities, ensuring a joined up approach with other agencies to achieve the best outcomes for individuals.
5. Lobbying at national level
Centrepoint also have a policy and research division dedicated to gathering data from across the UK on homelessness to influence national and local government policy.
6. Track record of success
For many people, homelessness equals hopelessness, but Centrepoint’s many success stories about young people whose lives have been turned around tells you all you need to know about why this charity is worth supporting.
7. It’s local and needs our help
2020 will be a crucial year for Centrepoint in Manchester, as the Oldham Street base is about to undergo essential refurbishments to ensure a welcoming, modern environment when young people venture in for help. There’s never been a better time, therefore, to support the charity and help ensure this transformation helps attract young people in need and further Centrepoint’s success.
And, of course, watch this space, as we’ll be posting more about our own fundraising plans soon!
Commenting on the partnership, Alex Khanyaghma, Corporate Development Officer at Centrepoint, said: “We’re excited to work with Triangle PR and looking forward to seeing how this partnership will help to tackle youth homelessness across the city."
For more information about the charity’s work, including how you can support, visit their website here.