The merger was formally completed on Wednesday 1 February, with 30 staff transferring to Centrepoint via TUPE regulations. It follows many years of successful work in partnership.
Both charities were founding members of the End Youth Homelessness movement, a coalition of charities formed to engage the business community at a national level in fundraising activity and deliver funding grassroots organisations need to deliver local youth homelessness services.
The vital support provided by YPSF to over 1,000 homeless young people each year from buildings in Manchester City Centre and Wythenshawe will continue under Centrepoint’s brand name. This includes: practical support and advice for those at immediate risk of homelessness, and help with finding employment, cooking healthy meals or budgeting for household bills.
Centrepoint, which already supports homeless young people in London, Yorkshire, and the North East, will act as the gateway organisation for the city, working closely with Manchester City Council and local supported housing providers.
Martin Gill, director of housing and support at Centrepoint, said: “We’re hugely proud to have the opportunity to help homeless young people in Manchester realise their potential and leave homelessness behind for good.
“Times have rarely been tougher for them, or charities like ours who provide a vital safety net. Uniting with YPSF and drawing on the experience and local knowledge of our new colleagues over more than 30 years will help secure the future of the most vulnerable young people in the city.
“But we can’t end youth homelessness on our own – it is a problem for the whole community. So we will work closely with Manchester’s Homelessness Charter, bringing Manchester’s people, businesses and institutions together to ensure homeless young people achieve the two things they need most to turn their lives around: a home and a job.”
Kate Macdonald, who led YPSF as its CEO since 2011, has left the organisation. She said: “YPSF’S aim has always been to help young people to find and maintain a home life that’s safe and secure, with the means to support themselves, live healthily and be free from harm.”