Duke of Cambridge to Launch Centrepoint Helpline

Duke of Cambridge to Launch Centrepoint Helpline
The Duke of Cambridge visits a hostel run by the homeless charity Centrepoint in Northolt, Middlesex.

Kensington Palace

Monday 13th February, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will officially launch the Centrepoint Helpline in London on Monday 13th February. This is the first ever advice service that will offer young people who are either homeless or are at risk of homelessness a full support service. Centrepoint, of which His Royal Highness is Patron, has partnered with The Mix to deliver this project.

The Duke will join Centrepoint Helpline advice workers as they run a training session for new recruits who will go on to receive calls from young people who rely on the service. His Royal Highness will hear some of these calls as he joins advisers already manning the helpline and trying to help homeless young people.

The Centrepoint helpline will make sure that even more young people aged between 16 and 25 are given the right advice and support to turn their lives around. Centrepoint research shows that 150,000 young people approach their local authorities for help with housing, but one in three are turned away without any meaningful support.

The Duke will spend time speaking to Centrepoint volunteers and staff who provide vital services offered to thousands of young people each year, now including the helpline. His Royal Highness will also meet some of the key backers of the campaign to deliver this helpline.

Centrepoint already offers a huge amount of support to help homeless young people, providing them with a safe place to stay, help to tackle physical and mental health problems and support in accessing education and work. The helpline will be run from London and rolled out nationally, to help young people at any stage of their journey, dealing with the problems that lead to homelessness such as family breakdown, and will help young people facing homelessness find somewhere to stay.

For more information about Centrepoint, visit www.centrepoint.org.uk

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