- Nightstop UK celebrates 30 years of helping young homeless people
Nightstop Network Celebrates 30 Years
October 19th, 2017
National Youth Homelessness Service Turns 30!
This month Depaul UK’s national emergency overnight accommodation service Nightstop UK turns 30!
The first service was launched in Leeds in 1987 in response to an alarming increase in youth homelessness in the city. The idea was to mobilise the community to help young people who were being forced to sleep rough due to lack of available local services.
The response was Nightstop – a unique service where ordinary members of the public, once trained and vetted, offer their spare rooms to young homeless people in the community.
Today there are now 33 Nightstop services across the UK.
Providing A Safety Net For Young People
Over the years Nightstop has helped many thousands of young people experiencing homelessness by providing a safe and supportive place for them to stay within their local communities.
Max was a young person who became homeless after falling out with his dad. After sofa-surfing for a while with family and friends, he found he’d run out of options and ended up sleeping rough on a park bench. He approached his local Nightstop service who placed him in the spare room of a local Nightstop volunteer.
He recalls “The hosts go well out of their way to help people like me. It’s because of them I am where I am now. If I didn’t have them and I had to sleep rough for one more night I don’t know if I would have made it.”
Nightstop now helps more than 1,300 young people like Max every year across the UK, providing more than 13,000 bed-nights.
As the service celebrates its 30th birthday, it is humbling to think that it is needed more than ever.
Depaul UK Chief Executive Martin Houghton-Brown comments on the anniversary:
“Nightstop has enjoyed a remarkable 30 years but it is really only the beginning of what could be achieved with this successful model for preventing homelessness and restarting lives.”
Can You Help Nightstop?
For 30 years we have relied on our amazing volunteers and donors to help us to respond to the growing demand from young people experiencing homelessness.
We need your help more than ever, so If you’d like to support the service by fundraising or volunteering, then please click here.