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Nightstop Head calls for more volunteers
February 24th, 2017
Nightstop UK – the emergency accommodation network – is calling for more volunteer hosts to provide a safe place to sleep for young people at risk of homelessness.
Last year, the Nightstop network provided 12,134 beds for the night for 1,390 young people. Sixty per cent of them came to Nightstop because of family breakdown.
Ms Harwood said: “We desperately need more volunteer hosts. Last year, we had 610 incredible volunteer hosts who opened up their homes to young people – but that was around four percent lower than in 2015 when we had 634 volunteer hosts.
“More than ever, volunteer hosts are urgently needed to give up their spare room for the night to someone who desperately needs it. It is heartbreaking to have to turn away so many young people who need a bed for the night.”
She added: “We provided fewer bed-nights to those in need last year than in 2015 because a few of our services lost funding or staffing in the first half of the year. This is why Nightstop supporters such as players of People’s Postcode lottery are so important.”
Depaul UK leads the Nightstop network which has around 35 services and is made up of nine community organisations; eight children’s or youth charities, including Action for Children and Barnado's, nine housing charities, four housing associations, one faith organisation and one local authority.