- Home > Latest News > Greater Manchester Mayor launches Nightstop young homelessness service
Mayor opens Nightstop Greater Manchester
November 28th, 2017
A Greater Manchester emergency accommodation service for young homeless people was opened today (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) by Mayor Andy Burnham.
Nightstop Greater Manchester – which is being supported for its first three years by investment company LetterOne – was officially launched by the Mayor of Greater Manchester at a reception for supporters and local community leaders, at HOME in Manchester’s Tony Wilson Square.
The Nightstop network, led by national homelessness charity Depaul UK, provides emergency accommodation to young people without a bed for the night and already operates in 33 UK towns and cities, including Oldham, providing 180 safe nights of sleep so far this year.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch Nightstop Greater Manchester. Nightstop already does a tremendous job in Oldham and its arrival in the rest of Greater Manchester is very welcome.
“Nightstop relies on local volunteer hosts offering their spare rooms and on local agencies referring homeless young people to the service. This project shows that it is not just money that people can give to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness.
“We are now making real progress towards our goal of ending rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020. But I know we will only get there if everyone makes a contribution and plays their part. We will support Nightstop to expand their service and hope others will support them too.”
Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, Chairman of LetterOne, said: “LetterOne is very happy to be funding the new Nightstop service in Greater Manchester in partnership with Depaul and its Nightstop UK network. By investing in this new service in a city with such great need, we can lead the way together and be part of the solution to end youth homelessness in Greater Manchester.”
Depaul UK Chief Executive Martin Houghton-Brown said Nightstop UK, which also receives support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery among other funders, has chosen Greater Manchester as the place to open its latest service because “we can have a huge impact here”.
He said: “We thank Mayor Andy Burnham and Lord Davies for their fantastic support. We know we can make a difference for young homeless people in Manchester. The number of young people across Greater Manchester owed the main homelessness duty in the year ending March 2017 was 678 – 14 per cent up on the previous year. Yet just 10 young people were owed that duty in Oldham in the two years till April 2017 - significantly fewer than in any other Greater Manchester local authority area. It is no coincidence that Oldham was the only area in Greater Manchester covered by Nightstop.”
Nightstop Greater Manchester plans to be up and running by March next year. To find out about volunteering for the service, please contact its Co-ordinator, Jo Butler: Joanne.Butler@depaulcharity.org.uk