Homelessness London Jul 2014

Centrepoint’s Health and Learning Centre

Centrepoint’s Dean Street Health and Learning Centre is now looking in great shape thanks to a major refurbishment.

 

The need

The project involved converting the existing ground floor to provide, amongst others things, drop-in facilities for rough sleepers.

The solution

Three counselling rooms, a music therapy room, office facilities for Centrepoint’s Health and Learning Team and a communal kitchen now make up the lower floor.

How patrons helped

Supporting the project’s contractor 8Build, CRASH sourced a wide range of materials including Gypframe Wall and Ceiling systems from British Gypsum, paint from Dulux Trade and flooring from Altro and Heckmondwicke.

The social impact

As a dedicated space for learning and health both disciplines will work more closely together to easily assess and managed risk to young people’s growth and development. Assessments provide information that help professionals and young people tackle physical and psychological health issues or problems as well as inform the design of targeted interventions. These include both one to one based support and group activities that reduce healthy inequalities amongst homeless young people.

Support is focused around helping young people identify their learning goals and aspirations, then turning these into reality.

Our aim is to maintain or move young people into education, employment and training. Workshops will be accommodated at Dean Street including drama and art and the ‘clothes shop’ where young people can access clothes including suits for interviews will also be accommodated. Increasing the working capacity and flexibility of this site will enable us to work with more young people in a more appropriate manner. With its central location, they will find it easy to travel to with a number of public transport options.”

Tasmin Griem

Head of Property and Development Centrepoint

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