Developed in conjunction with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity which provides vulnerable homeless young people not just housing but also the emotional, educational and health support to help keep them off the streets.

Working directly with the young people at Centrepoint’s Bruce House service in Covent Garden, the programme helps the residents re-integrate back into society through a multi-engagement programme consisting of learning workshops, networking activities and cultural events, mentoring, and individual and group support.

Junior League volunteers deliver a schedule of government-accredited ‘Life Wise’ workshops and are responsible for supporting trainers, running workshops themselves, as well as developing additional workshop material, drawing on our members’ skills, to present to the residents to develop their skills further.

To supplement these workshops, a number of events are held throughout the year to help bring the young residents together and develop their social and communication skills, and ultimately their confidence. These events include fun teamwork activities, visits to cultural events, as well as introductions to other education and employment networking institutions in order to broaden their interests and create a social atmosphere amongst them.

Lastly, a mentoring programme is explored with a small number of volunteers, who work closely with the staff at Bruce House to identify young female residents that could benefit from a mentor. Trained JLL volunteers serve as mentors, providing one-to-one support to young people, such as helping with homework, job applications, etc.

This is a hands-on programme that is incredibly exciting. With the various activities and events, we have the potential to make a real impact in a number of young people’s lives and help them escape the ‘poverty trap.’