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It provides a range of accommodation and additional support in health, education and life skills. Its accommodation includes emergency nightshelters, short and long stay hostels, specialist projects for care leavers, ex-offenders, young single parents, foyers and supported flats and floating support services.
Additional support services include a designated health team and mental health team, specialist support to help young people back into education, training or employment, and the teaching of life skills, which encompasses everything from money management to cooking.
Centrepoint also has its own Centrepoint Parliament – a group of 18 young people elected by their peers to be the 'voice' of the charity. It is involved in charity-wide decision-making, lobbying and policy work, and media. Last year's Parliament was instrumental in convincing the government to retain the Education Maintenance Allowance for vulnerable young people. This was managed by Centrepoint's policy and participation team.
The charity was founded by the Reverend Kenneth Leech and set up its first shelter in a Soho church on the 16 December 1969. Centrepoint opened its first accommodation service outside London in Consett, County Durham on 7 October 2005. The homeless individuals who took part in the Cycle of Life in 2008 are from Centrepoint projects.
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