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The big Propertymark sleepout

Monday 09 September 2019

Propertymark is holding a giant charity sleepout on 21 November with aim of raising £25K for Centrepoint, a charity to support homeless young people. In 2017/18 more than 103,000 young people asked their local council for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Centrepoint 

Centrepoint provides practical support to homeless people age 16-25, focusing on providing a safe place to stay and the building blocks of and independent life.

The charity, which operates supported accommodation in London, Sunderland, Manchester, Bradford, and Barnsley, says that family breakdown is the most common cause of youth homelessness. They work to eradicate grassroots homelessness, offering accommodation in hostels, shared houses and flats for up to two years.

Support from a dedicated keyworker during this time helps to prepare young people for independence.  In many cases, dedicated mentoring improves family relationships and increases confidence.  Many young people – 87 per cent – move on positively from Centrepoint, reporting the positive impact of being part of a community. The chance to complete education and training leads, in turn, to far greater chances of gaining stable employment.

NAEA Propertymark President

Lauren Scott

Lauren Scott, NAEA Propertymark President, will be taking part in the sleepout and said: “I have learned quite a lot about the work that Centrepoint do and there are so many reasons that people find themselves without the basic stability and comfort that the rest of us take for granted. This is a fantastic opportunity for estate agents to come together and I encourage as many of our members as possible to take this step to change the lives of individual young people who are desperately in need of help and guidance.”

The event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on 21 November.

Join the President

Join the President and at least 20 other agents that have already committed to sleeping out in aid of a fantastic charity. Email Sarah Davies at Propertymark to find out how to participate.