Centrepoint (charity)

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Centrepoint is a charity in the United Kingdom which provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16–25. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge has been a patron of the organization since 2005. His mother Princess Diana was patron of the organization before she died. This was William's first Patronage. [1] [2] Its accommodation includes emergency nightshelters, short and long stay hostels, specialist projects for care leavers, ex-offenders, young single parents, foyers and supported flats and floating support services.

Additional support services include a Skills and Employability Team and a mental health team. Specialists within the Skills and Employability Team help support young people back into education, training or employment, and the teaching of life skills. Centrepoint also runs volunteering schemes, such as mentoring, which pairs a person with a young person for 12 months. It currently works with almost 100 mentors.

The charity was founded by the Reverend Kenneth Leech and set up its first shelter in a Soho church on the 16 December 1969.[3][4] In 1986, a city broker, Richard Lester, on being asked for money for a cup of coffee by a homeless man, Martin Shaw, gave him £5000. Martin used this Money to start Centrepoint's first dedicated hostel with over 100 beds. Centrepoint opened its first accommodation service outside London in Consett, County Durham on 7 October 2005.[5] Centrepoint's former patron was Diana, Princess of Wales and its current Patron is her son, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.[6]

Its ambassadors include Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, actress Lisa Maxwell and journalist and presenter Kirsty Young.


  1. ^ http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/press-releases/prince-william-becomes-patron-of-the-tusk-trust
  2. ^ http://www.centrepoint.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are
  3. ^ Gould, Mark (2004-06-16). "Community spirit". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Homeless charity's call for help". BBC Online. 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  5. ^ "MP opens homeless charity centre". The Northern Echo. 2005-10-08. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Charities and Patronages". princeofwales.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 

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