How leaving a gift in your will can change the future for vulnerable young people

You can make a difference to young people facing the dangers of becoming homeless by leaving Depaul UK a gift in your will. Gifts in wills fund our work with young people facing homelessness and the problems that drive it, including relationship breakdown, poor mental health and unemployment.

Charlie, 20, a single mum who lost her job due to the pandemic

“I had support from Depaul the whole time, they were always there for me. I had homelessness support, help with housing applications and processes, emotional support. They were amazing.”

Homelessness is a complex problem and tackling it requires dynamic and innovative solutions for the long term. For over 30 years Depaul has developed and delivered prevention support services to young people, every day our prevention teams:

  • work in schools with children and teenagers to help them understand and avoid the triggers of homelessness to help them to stay safe
  • work with young people living in our supported accommodation to help improve their wellbeing and provide them access to education and training and help into work
  • work with young people and their families providing mediation support so they can overcome conflict and stay together at home
  • continue to build Depaul’s network of Nightstop volunteers who offer a warm welcome and safe place to stay to young people in immediate crisis.

Your gift, however large or small, strengthens our ability to evolve and deliver these vital services so that young people in crisis will have a brighter future. Your lasting legacy will make the difference of a lifetime to future generations of vulnerable young people.

Why I’m leaving Depaul UK a gift in my will

After many years helping young people experiencing homelessness through her support for Depaul UK, Trish Taylor decided to leave us a gift in her will. Here she explains why.

“I felt so sad for young people when in a lot of cases they are made homeless because they don’t get on with their families. That could happen to anybody.

“I’ve done various things to support Depaul down the years. In the past I used to raise funds through raffles, and I’ve donated bags of toiletries for young people. Three years ago I did a sponsored sleep out and raised nearly £1,000, and most recently I did the Weighted Walk with my granddaughter carrying a rucksack for me.

“Because it has been important in my life, I wanted to leave something in my will. My husband and I did a will years ago but we really needed to update it. So I will provide for my son, my daughter and my grandchildren and I have made a small gift to Depaul as well. It just breaks my heart to see young people suffering, and I know the money I leave will be helping them in the future.

“It was just something I wanted to give as a final gesture when I’m not here anymore. Just to say, I still wanted to help in some small way, even after I’m gone.”

Trish, Depaul UK supporter

 

How to include Depaul if you already have a will

If you already have a will, you can speak to your solicitor to add a charitable gift to Depaul.

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Having an up to date will is the only way to be sure the people and causes you care about are looked after.

With Bequeathed you can make a start on your Will For Good immediately. Just go online any time that suits you and follow the simple steps to create your draft will.

A member of staff from one of our partner legal firms will then advise you in a free 30-minute appointment, which can be by phone or video call, at-home or in-office. They’ll discuss your circumstances and your wishes and confirm the will fully caters for your needs.

Once your will is complete the firm will help you with getting it signed and witnessed and store it for you, also at no cost.

Whichever way you choose to make your Will For Good, please consider leaving a gift to Depaul. Your generosity will help us to carry on our vital work long into the future.

To help get you started Bequeathed has created a free guide, Making Your Will For Good – Everything you need to know:

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And a handy checklist for you to complete in preparation:

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When you are ready you can visit Bequeathed to start making your will:

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If you wish to speak to someone at Depaul please contact Julia.billington@depaulcharity.org.uk

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