In 2012 the Fleur-de-Lys Foundation, agreed to assist Centrepoint in their learning opportunities programme.

Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1,000 young people, aged 16-25, in London and the North East of England. But Centrepoint is more than just a room…

They support these young people into positive and independent living with health programmes, life skills, learning opportunities.

Many homeless young people have missed out on formal education and vocational training.

Just 20% of the young people they support have one to four GCSEs – the national average is 70% – and 14% have no qualifications at all. To take control of their future, homeless young people need opportunities to get motivated, develop skills and gain the qualifications they need to move on to sustainable employment.

Their learning team assess each young person’s needs, goals and aspirations when they arrive and work out a Support and Development plan with them to help them get their life back on track, including:

  • Information, advice and guidance – support into education and training
  • Workwise – accredited support into employment and work-related opportunities
  • ICT – accredited support and developing young people’s inclusion in digital media
  • Sportswise – access to recreation and physical activities to encourage health and wellbeing and develop talent
  • Skills for life – help to achieve functional skills and qualifications
  • Moneywise – support to overcome financial exclusion and indebtedness

Some young people need support to resume formal education and complete college courses. Others need more intensive support and the motivation to start learning again after negative or disrupted experiences of education.

A major donation was made in July 2012 with further assistance being offered in 2013 and details of how our donations are used can be found in the attached letter.