Innovative partnership supports homeless charities

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2012

Taylor Wimpey has entered into a unique partnership with the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint to raise money for a network of homeless charities across the UK. Funds raised by the company throughout 2012 will help support Centrepoint and six other charities working in some of the areas of the country in which it operates.

The pilot scheme was devised in partnership with leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which works with vulnerable 16 to 25-year-olds in London and the North East. Centrepoint is determined to end youth homelessness by providing young people with not only a safe place to stay, but also the support and guidance to access education, find work and move on to independent living.

Maria Pilfold, head of Taylor Wimpey’s charity committee, says: “We have worked with Centrepoint as our national charity partner for the past two years and homelessness was a cause that our employees wanted us to continue to support. However, we were keen to look at ways in which we could widen that support to some of the local communities in which we operate as a business. We turned to Centrepoint for help and they came up with this innovative idea to create a network of homeless charities.”

The local charity partners selected are all relatively small charities who will benefit greatly from Taylor Wimpey’s support. All help young people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homelessness, providing temporary accommodation as well as support services and training.

Seyi Obakin, CEO of Centrepoint, says: “We’re extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their continuing support and proud to have helped form this network of charities. We know from our research that more than 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year across the UK and, that we can’t help them all alone. With public finances under considerable pressure charities must seize opportunities to work together."

Through this initiative, money raised by Taylor Wimpey will not only give young people supported by Centrepoint in London and the North East the opportunity to turn their lives around, but also vulnerable young people in many other regions. In 2009 our patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge challenged us to do all we can to end youth homelessness and we are determined to lead the way.”