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Services gather for Nightstop conference
February 8th, 2018
Homelessness services from around the UK are meeting in Manchester today (Thursday, 8 February) for the annual Nightstop UK Conference.
The event brings together the charities and local organisations that operate Nightstop emergency overnight accommodation services for young homeless people.
Nightstop UK helps to prevent youth homelessness by placing people, mostly aged 16 to 25 years old, in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers.
A key speaker at the Conference at the GMCVO St. Thomas Centre in Ardwick Green, will be Tobiaz Brunning, Social Strategy Manager of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose players have provided substantial support for Nightstop UK.
Representatives of the first overseas Nightstop, in Canada, are also attending.
Homelessness charity Depaul UK runs Nightstop UK which now has 30 services around the UK, including one in Greater Manchester launched late last year by Mayor Andy Burnham.
Nicola Harwood, Depaul UK’s Associate Director, Prevention who heads up Nightstop, said: “The title of this year’s conference, More Than a Safe Place to Sleep, perfectly sums up the unique service provided by Nightstop UK.
“Its services offer young people a welcoming home, a listening ear, and the support they need to help them avoid long-term homelessness.
“The national conference gives Nightstop services the chance to come together, learn, and share experiences, so that young people continue to get the support they need from their local Nightstop.”
In 2017, the Nightstop network provided 11,070 bed-nights to 1,403 young people who would otherwise have spent the night sleeping rough or in other unsafe places.