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Office Outlet Partner With Centrepoint

Published date: 15/02/2019 14:29


Office Outlet is extremely excited and proud to introduce Centrepoint as its new Charity Partner! For the next three years, we will support the organisation in helping homeless young people find a safe place to live, and a better future to look forward to.

The UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint supports more than 10,000 homeless young people to find a safe place to live and access to work and education opportunities through a team of dedicated Key Workers, counsellors and health supporters. With this new collaborative partnership, Centrepoint will be able to extend their reach and help even more young people.

Our core company Values at Office Outlet have always included supporting the local community through championing small business and schools. Further extending that support to the many local and vulnerable youth will allow us to be part of making an even bigger constructive change.

So why Centrepoint?

Last year, an estimated 103,000 young people reached out to their local council for help related to homelessness. Over half (52 per cent) of young people who asked for help were not recorded as receiving any meaningful support

The reasons for homelessness can vary and often be complex. However of the young people who Centrepoint supported in 2018:

  • 55% told the charity that they left home due to a non-violent relationship breakdown
  • 12% left home because they experienced physical violence or abuse
  • 36% were care leavers
  • 29% had slept rough
  • 53% come to Centrepoint with a need for mental health support

Centrepoint has a positive move on rate of 86%, where the young people they help leave in a much better situation than they came– usually with professional counselling, a job and a safe place to call home. It’s much more than just providing a bed- it’s ensuring that long-lasting change can be made, and this can only be achieved through paying attention to mental health, just as much as physical health, and equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to create a better future for themselves and be self-sufficient.

Office Outlet will formally launch our partnership with Centrepoint on Sunday 17th February, on Random Acts of Kindness Day– where we will donate 10p of every online and in-store purchase to Centrepoint.

From then on, the company will get involved in fundraising with a target of £90,000 this year. Everyone from company executives, staff within our Support Centre, to staff within our stores and even our Distribution Centre will be getting involved to do their bit.

Sue Cuthbert, Marketing & Business Development Director at Office Outlet said,

“We are very excited to be partnering with Centrepoint, as their cause is something we felt a strong connection to. We have a large customer population of young people, and anyone at any point could find themselves in this situation. Homelessness is an increasing problem within the UK, and is a lot more common than you think, and for this reason, we are very proud to be working with Centrepoint, who have made such a huge difference in this area and look forward to working collaboratively with them to support further change”.

Di Gornall, Director of Fundraising at Centrepoint adds,

“Centrepoint are delighted to be partnering with Office Outlet and are really looking forward to working together to raise vital funds and awareness to tackle youth homelessness. Office Outlet are a great fit for Centrepoint with their large student base. We hope to engage as many of their students, staff and clients as possible in our mission of ending youth homelessness. We are excited to launch this partnership on Random Acts of Kindness Day and truly believe Office Outlets’ fundraising and engagement opportunities will have a life-changing impact on the lives of homeless young people”.



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