Ella Toone from the Borough of Wigan supports Centrepoint’s #NotComingHome campaign to raise awareness of youth homelessness

As chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ are set to be heard across the country this winter, players, pundits and celebrity fans across England have backed Centrepoint’s #NotComingHome movement.

Ella, from Tyldesley, joins compatriot Lioness Beth Mead, England stars John Stones and Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as fans and celebrity experts to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Centrepoint predicts that nearly 30,000 young people aged 16 to 24 will face homelessness in England this Christmas.

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According to new research from the charity, 49% of UK adults aged 18-34 have experienced financial hardship in the past 12 months and more than half (55%) say the rising cost of life had a negative impact on their mental health.

That equates to five people for every minute of football played at the FIFA World Cup this winter.

Last year it was revealed that youth homelessness figures hit a five-year high due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this year the numbers are expected to climb further.

Ella Toone supports Centrepoint’s #NotComingHome

Centrepoint has also reported an increase in calls to its helpline over the past 12 months, due to a variety of factors including the soaring cost of living.

His last campaign was animated by a powerful film.

Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive of Centrepoint, said: “This cost of living crisis brings vulnerable young people closer to breaking point than ever before.

“Everyone should be able to keep a roof over their head, pay their bills and put food on the table. It’s getting harder and harder for the country’s most vulnerable young people, some of whom have just £5 a week to live on after rent and bills. It comes at a huge personal cost in skipped meals, poor mental health, and isolation.

Ella’s Lioness teammate Beth Mead is also supporting the campaign

“Around 30,000 young people could be homeless this winter – but this is a conservative forecast, and it is likely that this number will be significantly higher. The government has taken action to support young people during this crisis, but it is clear that they are still struggling.We need more action if we are to prevent more and more young people from facing homelessness.

Liverpool and England star Trent Alexander-Arnold is among those featured in the powerful film
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