21 April 2021

Homeless charity warns calls from young people up a third in past year

Homeless charity warns calls from young people up a third in past year image

Vulnerable young people have struggled to access the support they need in the past year, a charity has warned in a new report.

The report, published by Centrepoint, examines the impact the past year has had on youth unemployment, homelessness, poverty and mental health.

It reveals that calls to its Helpline increased by a third since March 2020, with a rising number of young people sleeping rough at the time of their call.

Helpline staff reported that young people have faced significant barriers when making formal homelessness applications. This includes being told to sleep outside by their local authority so outreach teams can verify they are homeless before being offered support.

The report also highlights the number of young people needing access to Centrepoint’s emergency food support increased by 276% in the past year. Its in-house mental health team also reported a 40% increase in demand for mental health services.

In a blog, Emily Cretch deputy service manager at Centrepoint, wrote: ‘While there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the last year has taught us the fragility of life and the importance of supporting those who are more vulnerable than we are.

’It is essential that the Government ring-fences funding for youth specific accommodation and services to give our young people a fighting chance of having a job and a home as they move on into adult life.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Electoral Services Officer

Denbighshire County Council
£29,577- £32,234
Denbighshire County Council has an exciting vacancy for the post of Electoral Services Officer Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)
Recuriter: Denbighshire County Council

Residential Assistant

Essex County Council
£18029 - £20604 per annum
About the Role Please note, this is a part time role working 22.5 hours per week.The salary would be on a pro rata basis, so £10,963 - £12,529 per an England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Customer Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £22915 per annum
This is a part time role for 20 hours a week for a fixed term period of 12 months. The Role Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Commissioning and Partnerships

Government of Jersey
£76,299 - £86,279 per annum
Jersey is on an exciting journey towards implementing a new model of care Jersey (GB) (JE)
Recuriter: Government of Jersey

Employer Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £28846 per annum
Employer OfficerFixed Term, Full TimeUp to £28,846 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue