Celebrities Honour Young Homeless People at Centrepoint Awards

27th May 2019
Celebrities Honour Young Homeless People at Centrepoint Awards

Celebrities united to celebrate the achievements of homeless young people at The Centrepoint Awards at The Century Club in London on Tuesday 14th May. Now in its fourth year, The Centrepoint Awards is supported by The Co-operative Bank, Selfridges and FirstPort.

The ceremony will recognised the achievements of six young people who have been helped by the charity and its partners across the UK. Centrepoint provides homeless 16 - 25-year olds with support to find work and tackle physical and mental health problems, in addition to providing a safe place to stay.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, singer Tallia Storm and comedian Hussain Manawer will attend the Awards. Other celebrity guests include Downton Abbey stars Matt Barber and Daisy Lewis, TV chef Ching He Huang, and hairdresser Errol Douglas MBE. 

The winners – recognised for their success in areas such as Education, Personal Development and Life Transformation - were selected by a panel of the charity’s staff members. The individual awards are supported by organisations including The Co-operative Bank, FirstPort and Selfridges.

Mandy Ferries, Director of HR at FirstPort said: “George Marving Yombi, the young person who won the Career Progression Award FirstPort sponsored deserves to be recognised for the impact he has made beyond his own situation, by giving a voice to homeless young people all across the country. 

Such has his confidence grown, he chaired an event in Parliament highlighting issues faced by care leavers, where he spoke about his own experiences to over 60 MPs, council and charity sector professionals.”

Centrepoint, which has been supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge as Patron since 2005, supports over 10,000 homeless young people every year with direct services in London, Manchester, Sunderland and Yorkshire, and through partner charities across the UK.

Seyi Obakin, CEO of Centrepoint said, “We are extremely proud of the achievements of all the young people nominated for this year’s Centrepoint Awards. They have shown great strength of character to overcome the obstacles in their paths, despite their different experiences of homelessness. As the rate of youth homelessness continue to climb, it’s crucial that we help even more young people tap into the resources they need early on to feel safe and transform their lives for the better.”