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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Two youth homelessness charities have merged to combine their strengths and help give more vulnerable young people a future.

Centrepoint was awarded the Young Persons At Risk contract for the City of Bradford and District Metropolitan Council in September 2013, and is keen to ensure young people continue to benefit from the experience and expertise of staff at charity Bradford Foyer Ltd.

The Bradford Foyer site will act as a hub for the dedicated learning and health support Centrepoint offer young people to help them access education, find work and tackle the physical and mental health problems caused by homelessness.

Seyi Obakin, CEO of Centrepoint, said: “Bradford Foyer Limited staff have a wealth of local knowledge and expertise that will be a real asset to Centrepoint and the young people we support.

“Times have rarely been tougher for homeless young people or charities like ours who provide a vital safety net. Uniting not only makes business sense but most importantly will help secure the future of vulnerable young people in Bradford. Together we can better help them find the two most important things they need to leave homelessness behind: a home and a job.”

Rosemary Lawrence, who has led Bradford Foyer as its CEO since its inception in 1997, is set to leave the organisation.

She said: “Whilst I feel very sad personally to be leaving Bradford Foyer, this merger with Centrepoint, bringing with it opportunities for growth for both organisations, will ensure the Foyer service continues to provide a home and hope of a brighter future for the many young people in Bradford & District who need our services.

“Centrepoint’s long history of supporting vulnerable and at risk young people and helping them to turn their lives around, made us natural partners with a merger seeming an obvious next step. I therefore hand over to Centrepoint my trust and hopes for the future for the current group of young people at the Foyer and the many more who will come through the doors. I wish Centrepoint well in their new venture in Bradford & District.”

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