young people cooking together

Centrepoint

London and Sunderland

The need

Over 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year. In London alone, over 6,000 people sleep on the streets. Homeless young people are much more likely not to be in education or training and as such locked into the cycle of disadvantage.

LandAid has a long standing relationship with Centrepoint, who provide a safe place to live for more than 1,000 young people every year in London and the north east of England.

The project

From 2007 to 2012, LandAid invested over £1.4m in grants in a unique series of projects planned in partnership with Centrepoint - the Foundations for Life programme. The project involved renovating of all Centrepoint’s learning facilities and services, and developing a network of centres that provide similar services across London and Sunderland. Most recently, we provided a grant of £50,000 in 2011/12 to renovate Centrepoint’s Ealing centre.

LandAid has also arranged free property advice for Centrepoint through several of its Foundation Partners. Malcolm Hollis and Telereal Trillium helped the charity to negotiate the lease for their head office in London and reorganise and fit out the space.  Allsop assisted the charity when the building owner changed and a new lease was required, and Grainger supported Centrepoint with the refurbishment of the Ealing centre.

The impact

Our support made a fundamental contribution to Centrepoint’s mission to help homeless young people become successful independent adults. Stuart Rogers, Chief Reporting Officer at Centrepoint, said that without Foundations for Life, the charity would have been 'unable to provide consistent, structured and specialist learning support to improve standards of literacy and numeracy, increase access to education, and share job ready skills'.