This month Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, is encouraging the public to get motivated and kick start their new year by taking on a 5km or 10km to give homeless young people a fresh start in 2021.
‘New Route Fresh Start’ asks the public to select their distance, choose a date in January and get moving. The new year often conjures up a desire to do something new, and for the young people Centrepoint supports, that feeling is no different. The money raised by fundraisers taking part in ‘New Route Fresh Start’ will raise money for the homeless young people Centrepoint supports. £20 could pay for a young person’s first counselling session, £80 could provide a study kit and £150 could pay for smart clothes for their first job interview.
For the young people living in Centrepoint’s hostels, this fundraising event couldn’t have come at a better time. Many young people are currently struggling with the economic fallout of the Christmas period and, as we begin another lockdown, look toward an uncertain future concerning the effects of the pandemic.
Lucy Goble, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Centrepoint, said:
“Before the pandemic, youth homelessness in the UK was already at a crisis point. The past year has exacerbated the challenges vulnerable young people were facing.
“It’s now extremely important to support homeless young people by setting them up for a fresh start and giving them a better year despite the lockdown. We are urging everyone to walk, run or cycle any distance –short or long -and turn their ‘new year, new me’ to a ‘new year, new them’, which could make such a difference to vulnerable young people.”
Centrepoint estimates that over 120,000 young people were facing homelessness last year, an increase of 10,000 on the previous year. During the first lockdown, calls to Centrepoint’s Helpline jumped by over 50%, compared to the months leading up to it.
Centrepoint runs hostels across the UK supporting homeless young people into a job and a home. The money Centrepoint supporters’ raise will go directly towards safe accommodation, education and training programmes and physical and mental health support for vulnerable young people.
‘New Route Fresh Start’ takes place from 1st – 31st January. For more information about how to sign up visit Centrepoint’s website: https://centrepoint.org.uk/get-involved/events-calendar/new-route-fresh-start/.