EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE TO RISE UP IN SELF LOVE

We are working with the charity End Youth Homelessness to change the lives of young people at crisis point.

A mental health crisis has unfolded in the shadows. Among the general population, 10-20% of young people have mental health issues. But this figure jumps to over 50% when we look at young people accessing housing and support services, with the vast majority suffering from more than one mental health issue. And for some of those young people, the stigma and shame associated with homelessness only makes it worse. Mental illness can have debilitating, long-term consequences for young people so early intervention is vital. [1]

End Youth Homelessness

SUICIDE IS THE LARGEST CAISE OF MORTALITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 35 [2]

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SPREAD THE LOVE WITH BODY BUTTERS TO HELP LAUNCH NEW HEALTH FUND

We want to end the shame young homeless people face and instead instil self-acceptance and self-belief. That’s why we are partnering with the charity End Youth Homelessness for the launch of a new Health Fund, which will provide vulnerable young people with access to mental health support to help re-build their confidence and self-worth, and enable them to have successful and independent futures. We're donating 10p from every core 200ml Body Butter* purchase between 12th April to 30th September 2021. With your help we hope to reach our £220k target to cover the running costs of the Health Fund in its pilot year.

*Core 200ml Body Butters: Almond Milk, Argan, Avocado, British Rose, Coconut, Mango, Moringa, Olive, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma, Shea and Strawberry

Kerry

REBUILDING LIVES

Having struggled with mental health issues for most of her life, Kerry was left in a vulnerable place following the breakdown of an unhealthy relationship. Suddenly homeless and unemployed, she turned to her local End Youth Homelessness charity.

Kerry was given a safe place to live and with the support of a Jobs Coach and an End Youth Homelessness bursary, she was able to get a laptop and enrol onto a youth work course.

For Kerry, completing the course ignited a passion for youth advocacy. She is now studying Holistic Therapies and is looking forward to helping others by improving their wellbeing. Kerry’s own health has improved and her goals are now within reach.

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NEW HEALTH FUND

Homeless young people like Kerry can quickly find themselves at crisis point, unable to access mainstream mental health services. It can take time to open up and some conditions are episodic, meaning they cannot be identified straight away. Plus, the complex issues that homeless young people deal with often mean that they have to follow more than one care pathway - and they cannot afford to be put on a waiting list of up to 18 weeks.

With your support we can help End Youth Homelessness set up a Health Fund to ensure young people across the country receive the mental and physical health support they need.

In the first year of the pilot, End Youth Homelessness will be working with five member charities to offer a more flexible care pathway and provide mental health support within two weeks of a young person’s arrival at the local charity.

What will the donation fund?

  • Support for 230 young people
  • 2,760 hours of counselling (£42 provides a young person with an hour of dedicated mental health support in a safe and supportive environment)
  • A new Health Bursary

Thank you

A BIG THANK YOU

“Our continued partnership with The Body Shop is helping to improve the life chances of hundreds of homeless young people dramatically.

“The new campaign to launch End Youth Homelessness’ new Health Fund could not come at a better time. As we reflect on the collateral damage the pandemic has caused we all know our collective mental health has suffered.

“Homeless young people have suffered immeasurably from isolation and anxiety. The Health Fund will help homeless young people address these and other issues quickly so they don’t over-shadow their whole lives.

“This support is essential. Existing services are already over-stretched but we know that if young people get the right support at the right time, regardless of their start in life, they have immense potential.

“Thank you all for sharing our faith in young people and we look forward to sharing the their successes with you over the years to come.” Nick Connolly, Managing Director at End Youth Homelessness

HOMELESSNESS: THE FACTS

Homelessness devastates lives

Last year over 121,000 young people, aged between 16-25 years in the UK were homeless or are at risk of homelessness [3]. Young people become homeless for a variety of reasons; whether fleeing violence, mental health issues in the family, substance misuse or because they are LGBTQ+ and do not have their family’s support

Dangers of our streets

Not all homeless young people are sleeping rough, but many are. Rough sleeping is incredibly dangerous and a scarring experience. Not only exposed to the elements but also to violence and sexual exploitation. With limited means and no support networks, young people struggle with mental health, unable to get a job or find a safe place to live.

IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

Without access to a stable home, young people lack freedom, privacy and they feel a sense of vulnerability. Many young people say the stigma of homelessness affects their ability to build intimate relationships and that it has a detrimental affect on their emotional well-being. As a consequence, they can feel excluded from society.[4]

There is hope & a future

The impact of these realities will have a lasting effect unless we come together and act now. Homelessness is something young people experience, but it shouldn’t define their lives. With the right opportunities and support, they can turn their lives around and build successful futures.

ABOUT END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

End Youth Homelessness is administered by Centrepoint. The charity was set-up in 2013 following a challenge from HRH Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Centrepoint, who wanted a national emphasis to end youth homelessness. Before End Youth Homelessness was established, there was no UK-wide organisation helping homeless young people.

End Youth Homelessness is a movement of eleven local charities. Collectively they support more than 30,000 young people (aged 16-25)each year. End Youth Homelessness helps its Member Charities collaborate to increase awareness, share experience and generate voluntary income to deliver services that transform the lives of homeless young people.

End Youth Homelessness is a charity administered by Centrepoint and registered in England and Wales (Registered Charity No. 292411). End Youth Homelessness also work with Focus Ireland who are the delivery partner for the Republic of Ireland (Registered Charity No. CHY 7220).

Charlie Craggs

RISE UP WITH SELF LOVE

Self-love is our superpower. And it lifts us up to fight for change together. But we know self-love is a journey that takes courage and strength.Everyone at some point in their lives has experienced feelings of self-doubt. But levels have now reached a crisis point with nearly 1 in 2 people feel more self-doubt than self-love.Read on to find out how you can begin your own journey to self-acceptance and ultimately, self-love.