Christmas is an exciting time, full of festive cheer. But, for the18,000 young people (aged 16-25) at risk of homelessness this Christmas the season of goodwill can serve as a harsh reminder of the difficult, lonely and isolating time they face. Living in a small town it is not often we are faced with the realities of homelessness for young people, and it can be quite hard and emotional to witness when we visit larger towns and cities. Not knowing how to help is always difficult, giving a hot meal and drink hardly seems enough and never being sure if giving money is a good idea leaves me in a moral dilemma, so this idea of giving more than a gift from Centrepoint is something I really like.
Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, believes everyone should have someone at Christmas and is encouraging people to give more than a gift this year… From Christmas dinner to a safe place to stay, giving a gift that lasts beyond Christmas day could transform a vulnerable young person’s life forever.
Centrepoint CEO Seyi Obakin says, “For many of the young people Centrepoint supports, Christmas can be a difficult time. Imagine being 18 and alone, having nowhere safe and loving to go. By giving more than a gift this Christmas, you’ll be helping to support young people when they need it most.”
With life-changing gifts ranging from £10 to £1,500, it’s easy to make a difference to the lives of homeless young people this Christmas – visit: centrepoint.org.uk/morethanagift.
Life-Changing Gifts under £20
More than a Christmas dinner (£10): By providing a Christmas dinner you’re giving a young person a comforting meal to share with other young people and those who are supporting them out of homelessness.
More than a Christmas gift (£13): Giving and receiving gifts - big or small - is a special part of Christmas, but there may be little to give or receive for many homeless young people. Help bring Christmas to a young person at Centrepoint this year with a present to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Life-Changing Gifts under £50
More than a bed (£35): Without a good night’s sleep, how can we expect a homeless young person to be happy, healthy or able to build a positive future? Give a homeless young person the safety and comfort of a bed this Christmas.
More than a Christmas hamper (£50): A Christmas hamper gives a young person enough food to last them the Christmas week, plus some little luxuries for the New Year.
Life-Changing Gifts under £100
More than kitchen essentials kit (£75): When a young person moves in to their new Centrepoint home it’s a wonderful moment, but they still need the basics. Our kitchen essentials kit provides items to help young people settle into their new home and move towards independence.
More than a study kit (£95): Stationery, books and laptops are the kind of items that most students take for granted. For a homeless young person, they are simply unaffordable. Yet without them, they have little chance of being able to go into education or employment. Give a homeless young person the same chance at succeeding in education or work as their peers.
Life-Changing Gifts under £250
More than a room (£144): A room at Centrepoint can ensure a young person gets the support they need to move on from a life of homelessness. Your gift will not only pay for a warm, safe room for up to a year, but also provide the vital support they may have never been given before.
Christmas Success Box (£250): A room for a year, study kit and a festive meal. This special Christmas gift could give young people a real chance of escaping homelessness forever.
Centrepoint resident Lucy, says “I am going to be happy, even if I don’t have everything I always wished for, as long as I’ve got somewhere to be, somewhere where I have a roof over my head, and food for that day, and enjoying my time and learning even if its listening to music. I will be happy. I don’t expect too much now. I am starting not to expect too much from life or to ask for too much.”
Please note: All the money given to Centrepoint will be used to fund their work with homeless young people. These gifts are examples of what they provide for young people and represent how donations could be used.