This November, staff from Montessori St Nicholas (MSN) are taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to help break the cycle of youth homelessness. We’re raising money for the valuable work that Centrepoint does, whilst we learn about the issues faced by those sleeping rough. We would be very grateful if you’d be able to support us and make a donation.

Centrepoint said “While Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness it does give you a small insight into the challenges faced by homeless young people – the cold, the discomfort and the challenge with trying to get on with your day after a night of little sleep.”

A key challenge for young people facing homelessness is the lack of accessible educational and training opportunities to help them build a career.

Our training college, Montessori Centre International (MCI), is a leading provider of Montessori and Early Years qualifications with an international reputation for quality. As part of our social impact programme, MCI is working with Centrepoint to offer free training places to homeless young adults, to support them in finding long term solutions to homelessness.

The initiative will provide positive career opportunities in Early Years education settings, and key skills to equip future employment, especially beneficial for young parents who need flexibility around school holidays. Students will graduate with a qualification, the NCFE/Cache Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator), which can lead to employment or further training.

As well as free training places, a bespoke Montessori course is being developed, with English and Maths Functional Skills embedded, using the Literacy and Numeracy materials. This will be delivered by MCI tutors at Centrepoint’s Dean St centre. We aim to offer this course by April 2019.

Penny Johns, MCI’s Director of Learning, said “We are so proud to be collaborating with Centrepoint and supporting their hard work in helping young people out of homelessness. We recognise the important role education plays in a person’s well-being, and hope to provide the opportunity for those in need to break the cycle of homelessness and give hope for the future. We stand with Centrepoint and are taking part in these fundraising activities to demonstrate our committed support and belief in the project”.

We would be very grateful if you’d be able to support us and make a donation. Every penny really does count and will make a big difference to the lives of those struggling with homelessness. Please share with your social and business networks.