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Your voice helped change lives – thank you for raising £5,680 for a youth homelessness charity

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This year the National Student Survey (NSS) and The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) ran from Monday 16 January – 30 April and Monday 27 February – Friday 5 May 2023, respectively. For every completed response received, both surveys pledged to donate £1 to the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity.

Students who completed these surveys raised a total of £5,680 for Centrepoint this year – King’s would like to thank every student for taking part in this years’ NSS and PRES surveys. We are extremely grateful for your feedback and this contribution will help transform the lives of homeless young people.

As we work to provide even more Jobs & Education support to young people, and with thanks to donations like yours, there is hope. We want to truly show our appreciation for continuously supporting Centrepoint’s Jobs & Education teams at King’s College London– Lucy Goble, Mass Participation Fundraising Manager for Centrepoint.

‘Centrepoint supports over 16,000 homeless 16-25-year-olds across the UK each year into a job and a home. Many homeless young people had a bad [school] education experience and left without formal qualifications. Some are even unable to read or write. Our Jobs & Education Advisors provide homeless young people with careers and education information, advice & guidance. The advisors work with young people to identify their strengths, learning needs, interests, and skills, so they can tailor the support provided to make informed career and education decisions and achieve both their short and long-term goals’.

‘Through our education and employment programmes, we support young people in gaining qualifications, learning new skills or trades, and increasing their confidence. The team delivers support with CV writing, UCAS and job applications, interview preparation, traineeships, attending university open days, and access to the Centrepoint bursary scheme, including a university programme’.

‘In 2021/22, the Jobs & Education team successfully helped 164 young people move into employment, 137 move into education, and 448 young people access their Information, Advice & Guidance service. These successes are made possible with your continuous support for our work. 2022 was especially challenging at Centrepoint, with things set to get even tougher due to the cost-of-living crisis. We recently reported that the number of homeless people in England is predicted to jump by a third by 2024 as councils warn of a “tidal wave” of need caused by benefits freezes, soaring bills, and the end of Covid eviction bans. This crisis is affecting many Centrepoint young people, the majority of whom are on benefits, studying, or on a very low income.’

‘Centrepoint is truly delighted to be continuing our work with King’s College London for a fifth year; this year, we are receiving a generous donation of £5,680. This donation will continue to go directly towards funding our Jobs & Education Team, which is the gateway to accessing education and employment opportunities’.

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Completing the NSS and PRES allowed students to share their thoughts and experiences of their faculty and department and what their overall university journey has been like. King’s takes all feedback provided very seriously and aims to use this information to continuously improve processes and services and create a better student experience. Your feedback will be used to help shape King’s and enhance the teaching and learning for current and future students.

To find out more about how past student feedback has helped shape the King’s experience watch our ‘You Said, We Did’ video.