In These Times Of Austerity We Need Someone Who Gives A Damn - We Need Another Diana

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

In this time of austerity, when the divide between the haves and have-nots is greater than ever, we need someone who can persuade others to see the problems those on the margins face. We need someone with the same influence who is unafraid of drawing attention to inconvenient truths, and capable of making politicians and society think differently. Someone who gives a damn.

Want To Solve Youth Homelessness? Remove The Barriers To Work Before They Become Insurmountable

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Paul Noblet

The single biggest cause of youth homelessness for young people at Centrepoint is family breakdown, something which can mean not only a young person has no roof over their head but also that they have no-one to fall back on for practical help, financial support or even encouragement. Of the homeless young people surveyed, 42% said they were given no support from their family to prepare to get a job as opposed to just 15% of non-homeless young people.

Ignoring Young Voters Is A Gamble Politicians Can No Longer Afford To Take

Seyi Obakin | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Seyi Obakin

Politicians have more to do to earn the trust of young people. Metro-mayors, notably Andy Burnham in Manchester, have placed homelessness squarely at the centre of priorities for the city-region. Given the result of the General Election, will any future government want to gamble its electoral success by ignoring voters who will be around for many elections to come?

When I Was Homeless I Would Use Dating Apps Just To Find A Bed To Sleep In

Josh Parker | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Josh Parker

I was forced to use dating apps like Grindr to find a place to stay. I was meeting up with complete strangers every night. You can find yourself in really scary situations, in which people try to take advantage of you. I tried to protect myself by arranging to meet in a public place first of all, to make sure it wasn't a hoax.

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

All It Takes Is One Crisis At Home And Anyone Could End Up Homeless

Kyle Walker | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Kyle Walker

You face many challenges: finding a place to sleep; finding food and money for essentials; keeping up with your education; fighting loneliness. One of the biggest challenges that I don't think people always realise is finding the strength to stay positive and keep a smile on your face, when you feel lonely and isolated, with no one to turn to.

Homelessness Reduction Bill Could Change The Way We Think About Homelessness, If The Government Funding Follows

Paul Noblet | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

For too long homelessness and rough sleeping have been seen primarily by governments of all political colours as something to deal with at the point of crisis when someone has already been forced out of the home, either as a result of economic struggles or family breakdown.

One Third Of Homeless Young People Grow Up Without Their Mums

The Huffington Post UK | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A third of homeless young people grew up without their mothers, a survey has found. Homeless charity Centrepoint have released the figures to coinc...

Here Are The Real Reasons Behind Why 83,000 Young People Are Made Homeless Every Year

The Huffington Post UK | Naina Bhardwaj | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

This September, more than 400,000 young people will be leaving home to begin further or higher education or their career - but not every young person ...

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

Finding New Stories on the Street

Paul Young | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Young

As a filmmaker, I've always been curious to hear people's stories. Everybody has a story to tell and the first thing I often wonder when I meet someone is what theirs is. This was the case with Naomi, the young woman whose experience sleeping rough on the streets of London inspired the story for my latest film, A Horse Called Oz.

Sofa Surfing Is a Huge Problem for Our Young People - Now We Must Act

Paul Noblet | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Paul Noblet

How can you begin to tackle a problem that you know exists but about the scale of which there are no official figures? This is the problem facing charities and the government when it comes to supporting the thousands of under-25s who have sofa surfed over the past 12 months.

Selfish Anti-Homeless Spikes Miss the Point: Tackling Rise in Rough Sleeping

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

Introducing spikes to move rough sleepers along is a selfish response to an issue we should all have a stake in tackling, be it social or economic... Anger has been understandably focussed on 118 Southwark Bridge Road, but that anger now needs to be focussed on finding a cure for what is just one symptom of a broader problem.

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Young People Live Lives of Luxury on Housing Benefit... Or Do They?

Paul Noblet | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

George Osborne has announced the Conservative Party would cut housing benefit for under-25s after the next election as part of £25billion spending cuts, removing a vital lifeline for many homeless young people who are already struggling financially. Such a move would be catastrophic for the 6,000 homeless young people Centrepoint supports each year.

One Night's Sleep a Small Sacrifice to Make for UK's Homeless Young People

Seyi Obakin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Every year in the UK 80,000 young people experience homelessness, a fact known to too few but one that should trouble all of us. Tonight members of the public in eight cities will make their feelings known by giving up their beds and spending a night on the street in the largest national Sleep Out of its kind.

Zoe Salmon And Matt Edmondson's TU Go Challenge 1: It's A Rap

Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Tech

Presenters Zoe Salmon and Matt Edmonson have been tasked by Huff Post Tech and O2 to put their TU Go app through its paces. At the end of August Matt...

Lack Of Housing 'Reaching Crisis Level'

PA | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK

Nearly a million new homes are needed for the most vulnerable in society by 2021 as the affordable housing shortage reaches "crisis" situation, a char...

Your Unwanted Suit Can Help a Disadvantaged Young Person Into Work

Paul Noblet | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Paul Noblet

With more almost one million under-25s currently unemployed - including more than 76,000 who have been out of work for more than 12 months - young people like those we support at Centrepoint can find themselves a long way down the pecking order when it comes to securing a job. The simple donation of a suit can help build their confidence and raise their aspirations.

'A National Shame'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK

TV presenter Richard Madeley has condemned Britain's levels of homelessness as a "national shame" and that benefit cuts would make the problem worse. ...

PHOTOS: Stars Serve A Slap-Up Meal To Homeless Youngsters

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Stars gathered in the centre of Soho to serve up the nation's favourite food to homeless young people, as part of an annual event organised by Centrep...

William And Kate Show Their Support For The Homeless With Centrepoint Hostel Visit

MyDaily | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Style

William and Kate have been out showing their support for the homeless this festive season, taking a trip to Centrepoint charity centre earlier today....

A Classy, Culinary High at Paramount

Emma Sheppard | Posted 17.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Sheppard

If you're looking for somewhere special to celebrate an occasion or impress a date then Paramount, might just be the place for you.