Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Sir Trevor's message of support

May 21st, 2020

Sir Trevor McDonald, veteran newsman and President of Depaul UK, has issued a message of support for the charity during the Covid-19 crisis.


Sir Trevor said: "In my lifelong career as a journalist and newsreader, I've seen that overcoming extraordinary crises, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, demands extraordinary effort from dedicated people.

"For 30 years, Depaul UK have been supporting young people at risk of homelessness. Their staff are meeting this crisis head on, running new, emergency accommodation for those who would otherwise be left on the streets, and continuing to provide safe accommodation, support and counselling to almost 1,000 young people with nowhere else to turn.

"However, this crisis has left Depaul UK understaffed and short of the resources they desperately need. With your support, they can provide more young people with a safe, stable place to stay and the chance to escape homelessness for good."


    Covid-19 has been especially devastating for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These vulnerable young people move from place to place, staying on sofas or with strangers, often in unsafe situations.

    At least 50% of young people have experienced some form of harm, including sexual, physical and mental abuse, while living in temporary accommodation.

    Our services help to offer safe alternatives.


    So here’s how you can help:

    • Sleep bedless for one night
    • Donate £5 to Depaul
    • Nominate three friends to do the same


    The money you donate will go towards helping young people all over the country, in many valuable ways. And the more people we can get involved, the more young people we can help during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.



    Get your answers

    Get the answers to puzzles from the Understanding Youth Homelessness resource below, and find more information about how you can access help and support if you need it. 



    Spot the difference: 


    Coronavirus and family relationships

    As lockdown continues and we’re asked to stay inside, we know being at home for long periods can be tricky. The current restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus can put a lot of pressure on family relationships.

    We also know that this is a worrying time for many young people and their families and it can be difficult to get help and support from friends and other family members at the moment. If things are getting difficult at home and you are struggling with the relationships you have with those around you, we encourage you to get some help and support.


    Get support

    There are a number of options available to help you and others in your family and we encourage you to seek advice and support as soon as possible.

    School safeguarding leads are still able to support students and their families during the school closure period. Remember, you should always call 999 if anyone is in immediate danger.

    Find information about accessing local and national services below.



    Understanding youth homelessness

    Although we can’t visit schools during the coronavirus lockdown, we’re working hard to bring our education work to young people and their families at home.  Ensuring that young people have knowledge and understanding of youth homelessness and support available to them is one of our key aims so we have developed a variety of resources that can be used at home.

    We know that the current government guidance to stay at home can put increasing pressures on families and that many young people are at an increasing risk of homelessness as a result.


    In response to this, we’re temporarily replacing our interactive workshops with downloadable resources, webinars and videos for schools and families, suitable for home education.

    These raise awareness of youth homelessness and the associated risks as well as informing young people of the ways they can find support with such issues. They are also suitable to be used in a classroom setting for those school that are still opening their doors to students during this crisis. 

    Get your free homelessness education resource here: 



    In addition to our education resources, our family work services are still available to provide vital support to young people and their families to help prevent relationships reaching crisis point. Find out more about accessing support in London, Manchester, Sheffield and the North East here.

    Our education team is also creating resources to support home schooling and a toolkit for young people, parents and carers to support them in maintaining positive relationships during lockdown.

    Training for teachers

    And teachers won’t be left out – we’re currently adapting our existing professionals training to be delivered remotely to ensure that those who work with young people can feel confident to spot the warning signs and provide support for their students. Contact to find out more.




    Depaul appoints Kevin Clements

    Homelessness charity Depaul UK has appointed Kevin Clements as its new Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications.

    Kevin, who is currently Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Animal Health Trust, previously worked for St Nicholas Hospice Care, Suffolk Mind and Sue Ryder Care, and has spent the past 15 years building fundraising and marketing teams for causes including hospices, neurological care, mental health and scientific research.

    Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Kevin is joining us at this crucial time as we handle the repercussions of the Coronavirus Crisis and develop our six-year organisational strategy.

    “Kevin has an impressive track record, working as a director for 10 years and leading on projects including the set-up of an innovative hospice outreach centre combining services and income generation, the project management of a wellbeing centre in a disused church and the brand development of several organisations, where he focused on improving digital marketing and the acquisition of new supporters.”

    Kevin said he was “very excited” to be joining Depaul UK and taking on an incredibly worthy challenge.

    He said: “With the obvious increase and strain on the most vulnerable people in our society, I am honoured to be joining this dynamic team.

    “Depaul is a truly inspiring charity with the strongest values I have encountered in my career. I look forward to working with the team, who are clearly focused on helping as many vulnerable people as possible.”

    Kevin, who will start his new role in early June, also has strong experience as a major gifts fundraiser, and has staged national events at Buckingham Palace, Spencer House and other high profile locations with a focus on maximising income and awareness for charitable causes. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.


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    Challenging times, vital support

    April 29th, 2020

    Challenging times, vital support

    During the Covid-19 Crisis, we’ve been working hard to ensure that the young people we work with have access to food, medical and wellbeing support, and friendly staff to support them through these difficult, isolated times.

    Like many charities we face challenging times ahead to ensure the most vulnerable have the help they need. Thanks to support from funders including the People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to work proactively to meet the Coronavirus crisis head on and respond to new challenges as they develop.

    What we are doing

    Depaul UK has taken over two hotels, one in London and one in Manchester, to house rough sleepers in the area and protect them from the threat of the Coronavirus. We were able to launch these services within days, so that these vulnerable people had the support they needed immediately.

    Our emergency accommodation network, Nightstop, faces an unprecedented level of demand. Unfortunately, the service also faces a shortage of hosts as, understandably, people become less comfortable with welcoming young people into their homes.

    The Nightstop team reacted rapidly to ensure we could continue to meet the needs of young people facing homelessness. This has included turning one office space into an 'overnight hub' and finding alternative accommodation solutions for young people wherever possible.

    Supporting mental health

    More than 60% of young people in Depaul UK services were already struggling with mental health concerns prior to the COVID-19 crisis. This number is almost certain to grow as young people become increasingly isolated. Many of those who live in our accommodation projects do not have internet-ready smart phones, and even those who do may not be able to afford phone credit or even have a family member or friend to call.

    Working together the Mental Health and Wellbeing team and the Programmes team have devised a 12-week programme to engage young people, keeping them active, healthy, occupied and connected. The programme includes activities, resources and virtual events as well as one-to-one support with young people and staff to ensure everyone is coping with the lockdown measures.

      Take on The 2.6 Challenge

      Join the nation and choose your 2.6 Challenge!

      The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to flipping 26 pancakes in a row. You could even learn 26 new words or complete 26 tasks in 26 hours - the choice is yours!

      Whatever your age or ability, you can take part and make a real difference to young people in your community. Simply think of a challenge, take part and donate to help us reach even more young people during one of the most complex crises we have faced as a nation.

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        Virtual Challenge

        New to running?

        Keen to keep active while in lockdown?

        Take on a virtual challenge for Depaul UK and smash your goals from the comfort of your own home!

        With loads to choose from, there's an event for everyone. 

        Browse and click, then simply register your place to start your virtual challenge journey. Best of all, you'll once completed, you'll receive a medal to celebrate your amazing achievement.

        Make an even greater difference while on lockdown and set up your own donation page so we can make sure our frontline staff can support the most vulnerable in our communities now 

        There's something for everyone

        The Big Charity Run

        Challenge yourself to complete 30 miles, 60 miles, 90 miles or 120 miles distance throughout a month. Choose to run, walk or cycle the distance, you choose!

        Road races, in your own time!

        We know that many of you will want to take on a challenge that is as close to a road race as physically possible, so take on these location specific races below and log the details so you can email the team and let them know when you've completed your race.

        Brixton 5k & 10k

        Victoria Park 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

        Tatton Park 10k

        Looking for something a little different?

        The Inca Trail

        If you would like to get your hands on one of the most beautiful medals inspired by Inca treasure, run or walk 25 miles and it's yours!

        The Everest Challenge

        Can you climb the equivalent of Mount Everest in 12 weeks?

        Team Gotham

        The Dark Knight is currently recruiting new members, so it is time to get out there and run, run (5k) like you have seen the bat sign in the sky summoning you.

        Quiz for Depaul

        Depaul UK pub quiz!

        Take part in our virtual charity pub quiz with friends and family and help to support the vulnerable young people we work with across the country. Our housing is needed now more than ever in this time of CV19. We provide supported long-term accommodation to around 400 young people. These services are already coming under strain as staff become ill or have to adapt their working patterns to care for their families. 

        We hope you enjoy the quiz, and keep coming back for more! Let us know how you get on and share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter @DepaulUK! 

        To download the quiz, register here and receive instant access to this week's quiz.

        A recommended £5 donation can ensure we continue to support those most vulnerable through a very uncertain time.

        All that's left to do is gather your friends and family on the video calling platform of your choice and enjoy!

        Encourage everyone to donate the cost of a pint, or an entry fee donation via our JUSTGIVING CAMPAIGN 

        A new quiz will be released each week so why not set a date for a weekly virtual get together with friends and family? 

        Happy quizzing! 


        Volunteer Mentor - South Yorkshire

        LocationHours per week
        Sheffield & South Yorkshire3
        Checks neededExpenses
        DBS check and referencesTravel expenses to and from workplace, out of pocket expenses and expenses incurred from the mentoring session will be paid.

        Special notice: Please note that during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting and recruting volunteers to provide mentoring over the phone. We’d love your support during this trying time, so please do consider making an application.


        Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.


        Project description:

        Mentoring is a service within Depaul which supports young people to become more independent, to learn skills that they will use when move on from our services. For example this could be cooking or budgeting skills.  The young people using the mentoring service will already have goals they would like to work on, these goals will all be productive for independence such as getting out into the community and building social networks.  The mentor will meet with their mentee once a week for up to three hours at a time and complete an activity.  The volunteer mentors will always be supported by the volunteer mentor co-ordinator.   


        Aim of the volunteer role:

        To provide mentoring support to people from a variety of backgrounds who are making the transition to independence.  To deliver fun and engaging mentoring sessions to Depaul clients.  The focus will be based on health & wellbeing, skills development, creativity and community involvement.




        • To meet with your mentee for up to three hours a week and complete fun but productive sessions with them working on their already identified goals.
        • To be a listening ear for the mentee  
        • To contact your mentee weekly to arrange sessions
        • To contact the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator after the sessions by either text message, email or phone call.  This is logging the sessions and keeping a record of time and activity spent with the mentee.
        • To email the expense record to the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator to claim back expenses
        • To attend one support session every eight weeks with the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator
        • To attend volunteer forums which take place once every three months, volunteer forums are a great way to get together and discuss our experiences.  We often have guest speakers from other organisations.



        Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

        Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people such as homelessness.  The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential. Good communication, listening and IT skills are important to this role.


        Support and supervision:

        As a volunteer you will be line managed by the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator, Katie Monach.  Katie will be providing constant support and guidance throughout your volunteering to ensure that the experience is enjoyable for you as well as for your mentee.


        Induction and training:

        Volunteer Induction training and mentor training must be completed before volunteering can begin. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of your role and feel confident in your volunteering. The Volunteer Induction training is a full day course welcoming you to Depaul and exploring policies and procedures as well as Safety Framework. Mentor training is a half day course covering all of the practicalities for your volunteering role. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.



        A commitment of 3 hours a week is desirable, there will also be some evening and weekend events.  You can choose to volunteer week days, evenings and Saturdays.

        If you are unable to offer this much time, but are still interested, please do contact us and we can try to come to an agreement. We are flexible and appreciate that people’s circumstances do change and that it may prove impossible to adhere to this. If you have not been active in your volunteering for 3 months we will contact you and if you have not been active for 6 months your volunteering role will naturally be ended.  You would then re-apply for any volunteering at Depaul again going through the full volunteer recruitment process.


        Benefits to the Volunteer:

        • Travel expenses to and from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
        • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
        • Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make.
        • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
        • References will be available after a period of six months volunteering.
        • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
        • You will be able to add volunteering to your CV.


        Equal Opportunities:

        Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul UK, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.  Part of your volunteering role is to adhere to this ethos.



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