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Back in March, on another day that felt like the weather was marking a change in season, Argent came to us with a bold idea.

Never could we have imaged that 6 months later that idea would have led 26 businesses, restaurants, shops and community groups to join with us and takeover King’s Cross for World Homeless Day, with more offering to support as the campaign unfolds. We couldn’t have imagined walking down King’s Boulevard and seeing members of the public stop to find out more about youth homelessness and the work we do here at New Horizon Youth Centre, or though that commuters might pause on their dash to the office to tap to donate or text their support.

Benedict, a young person who has been using our centre for 5 years, brilliantly summed up what it feels like to come to New Horizon and the journey it has enabled him to take. Coming to the Centre was the first time he had the support he needed to talk about his experiences and make progress, “I realised to get help I had to tell people the kind of help I needed”. Now 5 years later Benedict offers that same support to other young people through our Men’s Group and has ambitions to pursue a career in youth work so he can continue to make a difference.

In many ways the takeover is the start of a really important journey for New Horizon and has enabled us to ask for the help we need to take on youth homelessness together. So whether you are doing, discussing or donating to support the takeover thank you to all those who braved the rain to join us for the launch event, hosted by the wonderful team at Havas KX, and for your continued support. Through raising awareness and raising funds you help young people like Benedict break the cycle of homelessness.

This week we have cooked up a storm at Google, on the 3rd we welcome Sweaty Betty to the center for a yoga workshop and all week young people have been benefiting from free sight tests and glasses from Cubitts. Next week we are looking forward to talks at Esmée Fairbairn, Aesop, Mace and more and of course Massaoke on World Homeless Day – we hope you can join us.

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