Depaul UK is a nationwide charity that provides a vital lifeline to young people facing homelessness. As well as offering emergency accommodation, this fantastic organisation enables young people to progress beyond life on the streets through education, training and jobs. Depaul UK recently received £100,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery to develop its new Learning and Work Service in the North East.
To celebrate this new relationship, People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt presented Martin Houghton Brown, Chief Executive of Depaul UK, with a big cheque on behalf of our players at Simonside House in Heaton, Newcastle yesterday. Judie and Martin were joined by current residents of Depaul in the North East.
"So many of the young people we work with badly want to work, want to secure a job and get on a path to achieve their goals and dreams," said Martin. "All too often, and for various reasons, our residents are likely to have had their education interrupted.
"Youth homelessness is an issue in the North East. An increasing problem we are seeing in more young people who previously have set themselves up independently suddenly finding they are losing their jobs and are unable to stay where they are."
Funding from our players will help Depaul UK to continue to support 1,000 16 to 25 year olds living in Newcastle and the surrounding areas and encourage these young people to develop the skills required to succeed at college and in the workplace. This in turn will lead to more adolescents being able to provide for themselves and put a roof over their heads.