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Oldham Nightstop seeks volunteer hosts
April 25th, 2016
Homelessness charity Depaul UK is appealing for more volunteers for its Nightstop emergency accommodation service in Oldham.
Nightstop Oldham provides overnight accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers in the area. The service has been in operation since 2008 and is run by youth homelessness charity Depaul UK which accredits a national network of more than 30 Nightstop services across the UK.
Motia Khanam, Nightstop Project Worker, said: "It is a shocking statistic that, on average, homeless people can expect to die at the age of just 47.
“The Nightstop service is designed to stop young people entering the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that can lead to this devastating outcome.
“Homelessness is rising as a result of the current economic climate, and Nightstop Oldham needs to be in a position to meet this demand. We want to encourage people to come forward to help us make a lasting difference to homeless young people in Oldham this year."
Last year, around 200 Oldham young people aged under 25 approached services stating that they were at risk of homelessness.
Nightstop Oldham is a service that sees volunteer hosts provide a room, evening meal and listening ear to a young homeless person for one night at a time in their own home.
Nightstop staff work with homeless young people, in partnership with local agencies, to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless, providing family mediation and securing longer-term settled accommodation.
Motia added: "At a time of crisis, being accommodated in a host’s home ensures that the young person is not isolated and is kept safe at night.
“Volunteering as a host is a great opportunity to join a network of like-minded people who want to have a direct, hands-on role in helping young people in their own communities.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Nightstop Oldham, call 0161 624 9155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Ollie Wilson, Depaul UK, Oliver.Wilson@depaulcharity.org.uk, 07823 412127