Depaul UK in 2018: Values in Action | Depaulcharity

Depaul UK in 2018: Values in Action | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Depaul UK in 2018: Values in Action

By Nicole Norton - 8 January 2019


At the beginning of the year we’re taking stock of our successes at Depaul UK.

In 2018, you helped thousands of young people across the country find a way out of homelessness. So, on their behalf, we'd like to thank you and give you the opportunity to look back at what happened last year.

Influencing change in society



In 2018, Depaul UK remained committed to using its voice as a positive force for change. We published the Life on the Streets report at the same time as the Government launched its rough sleeping strategy. Our report was widely covered by the media, including interviews on national breakfast television with one of the formerly homeless young people whose story was featured in it. This was an important step towards influencing structural change in the provision of affordable accommodation and taking a wider role in civil society.

The report gave Depaul UK young people a platform to share their experiences. It highlighted that in many parts of the UK there are not enough rooms on the rental market to accommodate young people affected by homelessness. The research made key recommendations to Government to invest in accredited emergency accommodations, such as Nightstop, and ensure more affordable accommodation is available nationwide.


 Nightstop grows in new cities



A lookback at Depaul UK’s Nightstop emergency accommodation network is an opportunity to celebrate achievement. Through the service’s continued work, we have upheld more young people’s rights to a safe place to sleep across the UK. 

Throughout 2018, Nighstop grew in new cities. In February, Nightstop launched a new service in Glasgow and, after months of building up Nightstop Greater Manchester which was started in November 2017, it placed its first young person in March 2018. During the year, we also celebrated Nightstop North East, which won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for preventing homelessness through community hosting.     


Depaul UK young people move on to university



In 2018, we continued to champion the potential in people and saw young people across our projects take exciting steps forward in their lives. For example, George became homeless aged 18 after a breakdown in family relations - you can read his story here. After receiving support from Depaul UK, he has started a degree in sports rehabilitation at Middlesex University.

Lisalouise, who lives in Depaul UK’s supported accommodation in London, had her work shown at a prestigious photography exhibition at The Guardian’s offices in central London in May 2018. She was also awarded a scholarship to study design and digital media at Ravensbourne, a specialist college for the creative industries. Read her story here.


A community putting words into action



We understand that what we do matters more than what we say. Every achievement of 2018 was made possible through the incredible support of donors, volunteers and staff, who time and time again, put words into action. You can read their stories on our blog.

Whether by making a donation or hosting a vulnerable young person in their own home, our supporters have helped us to empower thousands of young people affected by homelessness and helped them discover a brighter future.  Now, in 2019, we look forward to marking Depaul UK's 30th year of providing support for vulnerable young people in the UK.

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