25,000 young people could be at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Guest Christmas blog by our chosen charity, the End Youth Homelessness campaign.

With Christmas around the corner, most young people will be choosing presents. Meanwhile, many others are making terrifying choices whilst trapped in dire circumstances, both at home and on the streets:

  • 26% have stayed with a stranger.
  • 12% have committed a crime to be taken into custody.
  • 9% have attempted to get themselves admitted to A&E just to get a bed.

End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a UK-wide movement to end homelessness for young people. Bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale, EYH works directly with 15,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK.

You can help End Youth Homelessness this Christmas by donating to our Christmas Campaign or simply by helping to raise awareness of the issue by watching our new video campaign called Get Them to a Safe Place and sharing it on social media.

Youth homelessness is an enormous issue. More than 83,000 young people are homeless in the UK each year.

The first step towards ending youth homelessness is providing accommodation. From that secure base, EYH charities begin supporting young people to tackle the myriad of other issues they face; enabling them to turn their lives around, build high aspirations and move on to live successful and independent lives.

We’re really excited to be partnering with Storemates, who are helping to End Youth Homelessness by supporting us to both raise awareness of the issue and raise vital funds that will help us end homelessness for young people in the long term.

Please join the Storemates community in making a stand to End Youth Homelessness today by donating or helping to raise awareness of the issue by watching our new video campaign and sharing it on social media.


Research

  1. Desperate measures research undertaken and based on a survey of 430 homeless young people conducted by EYH charity Centrepoint in July 2016
  2. 25,000 figure – Figure based on 8 week period from December-January and Centrepoint databank research into those who presented as homeless or at risk to UK councils 2014-15. Please visit centrepoint.org.uk/databank for more info.

End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a national movement to end youth homelessness in the UK. EYH brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale. Each EYH charity works in its own way to meet the needs of local young people; all sharing a belief in giving homeless young people the opportunity to turn their lives around; build high aspirations and move on to successful and independent lives.

EYH works directly with 15,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK. EYH was founded in 2010 by EYH charity Centrepoint, after its patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.

The charities supported through End Youth Homelessness are: Centrepoint (London, Bradford, Sunderland), St. Basils(West Midlands), Llamau (Wales), The Benjamin Foundation (Norfolk), 1625Independent People (Bristol), The Amber Foundation (Surrey, Wiltshire, Devon), Roundabout (Sheffield), The Young People’s Support Foundation (Manchester), The Rock Trust (Edinburgh) and the Aberdeen Foyer (Aberdeen) and Society of St James (Southampton)

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