Leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint will be moving to temporary offices at 1 North Parade, Parsonage Gardens from early March whilst their current building in the Northern Quarter is refurbished.
The charity, which supports more than 2,000 young people each year, currently operates a number of services for young people who are homeless or at risk – including work with Manchester City Council to provide a homelessness prevention service for 18 to 25 year-olds.
Centrepoint’s current centre in the Northern Quarter’s Oldham Street will close at the beginning of March due to the urgent need for repairs. The full refurbishment of the building – including changes to the internal layout and a new roof to create increased and more suitable space to provide programmes and support for young people – will ensure that the charity’s services are the right ones for Manchester long into the future.
The drop-in services run by Coffee4Craig will also be relocating from the Oldham Street building to premises on Great Ducie Street from the 15th of February to allow for the repairs.
Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin said:
“The refurbishment of our service in Oldham Street is much needed but we are committed to continue to operate support services for homeless young people in the City for many years to come.
“Once completed the service will offer more space to run more projects to support homeless young people into housing and employment, as well as continuing to provide room for our 50 staff and the Centrepoint Helpline.”
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“Our priority has always been to do whatever we can to ensure Centrepoint and Coffee 4 Craig can continue to operate in the city centre. Centrepoint is often the only place a young person in crisis can turn to, and Coffee 4 Craig has helped hundreds of people off the streets and into more long-term accommodation.
“I’m pleased that both these incredibly valued groups will be able to carry on their work throughout the refurbishment of Oldham Street, work that will be safeguarded for years to come thanks to this project.”