A BRADFORD-based law firm has been helping young people suffering from homelessness to secure employment as party of its partnership with charity Centrepoint.

Gordons, based in St James Business Park, has been working with Centrepoint Bradford for the past 12 months, offering a mentoring service to young people helped by the charity.

Staff from the law firm have been delivering one-to-one mentoring sessions, including partners Andrew Breckenridge and Simon Mydlowski.

Mr Breckenridge worked with a young woman receiving support from Centrepoint, and through his mentoring the woman secured her first part-time job

Mr Mydlowski worked closely with a young man to help him pass the theory section of his driving test and gain an NVQ Level 2 qualification in maths.

He is now working with another young man who is undertaking a vocational health and safety course with the aim of starting a new job this month.

Chloe Sykes, senior regional fundraising officer at Centrepoint, said: “It has been an amazing journey with Gordons.

"People at the firm have gone above and beyond to make a real difference.

"Throughout our partnership they have consistently proven themselves to be passionate and committed in their support of homeless young people.

"The mentoring they have provided is helping transform the lives and outlooks of the young people they have been advising. This is something Gordons should be very proud of."

Sarah Ratcliffe, partner at Gordons, added: “It has been truly inspirational to work with Chloe and the Centrepoint team.

“The charity is run by a remarkable group of people. It has been our pleasure to play our part in helping Centrepoint carry out its vital role in helping homeless young men and women secure a brighter future.

"We had a tremendous amount of fun raising money for the charity, whilst also being able to get actively involved thanks to the mentoring element of our support for Centrepoint."

As well as mentoring, staff from Gordons have raised more than £20,000 for Centrepoint, which is the equivalent of funding all of the charity's beds across Yorkshire for a year.

Activities included fundraising hikes and cake sales, and also providing Christmas gifts and Easter eggs for young people accessing the service.

Chloe Sykes added: "The funds the firm has raised make a huge difference to our charity.

"The fact that Gordons has raised the equivalent of sponsoring all Centrepoint’s rooms in Yorkshire for a year is an outstanding achievement and testament to everyone’s hard work in supporting us."

Over the past seven years, Gordons - which was founded in Bradford 175 years ago - has raised more than £135,000 for its chosen charities supporting the less fortunate in society.