Michael Sheen fronts homelessness campaign
Actor Michael Sheen is fronting a campaign to help get homeless young people into employment.
Michael is fronting the campaign on behalf of End Youth Homelessness, which is a group comprised of 11 charities across Britain who each work on a local, grass-roots level.
Mr Sheen is well known is known for his fight against youth homelessness and he was a key advocate for the recent Homeless World Cup.
He is now appealing for donations for End Youth Homelessness’ Employability Fund, which provides specialist career coaches that help young people work towards their dream careers. £23 can give a young person an hour with a coach to help a homeless young person build the skills, confidence and high aspirations they need to get into work and out of homelessness.
Michael said: “I don’t know about you but the thought of anybody being without something as basic as a safe and stable home to live in is terrible, but particularly young people. Young people who are vulnerable, who have grown up in circumstances not of their choosing, and who haven’t had the start that many of us take for granted. I think about how loving and supportive my parents and my wider family have been in my life, and how that launched me into my own independent life in a way that I took for granted for a very long time.
He also said: “But not everyone is as fortunate to have that kind of a start. The thought of people - many of whom are young people coming out of the care system and just not on a level playing field with others, young people who have already gone through so much, often through very traumatic childhoods - the idea that they then, when they’re deemed to be of the age of adulthood, are being left on their own and ending up without a home and all the vulnerability and danger and insecurity and chaos that can put them into… The thought of that is just heartbreaking.”