Depaul UK has made a name for itself by working with the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. We specialise in working in communities where generations of social exclusion have resulted in high rates of homelessness.
Depaul UK are committed to helping people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. We believe that no person should have to sleep rough, and work to provide the accommodation that offers an immediate solution to homelessness; a vital part of our work is to prevent young people becoming homeless in the first place. Depaul also run Depaul Nightstop UK, the accrediting body for over 33 Nightstop schemes across the UK, of which Nghtstop North East is a part of.
Nightstop North East provides emergency accommodation for homeless people aged 16 and over in the homes of 52 approved volunteer hosts on a night by night basis. Nightstop hosts open their homes to young people when they have nowhere else to go and offer a safe place to stay and a chance to be listened to. Once placed with a host people using Nightstop receive support from project staff to help them find a more permanent place to live and address the factors that have contributed to homelessness.
Railway Children provide protection and opportunities for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. Every year thousands of children across the UK, run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Railway Children work not only at government and community level but at street level to meet the immediate needs of children at risk on the streets believing it is crucial to reach children and young people before they become entrenched in street life, where the risks and dangers increase and they become more difficult to help.
Nightstop North East in conjunction with Railway Children are therefore exploring the feasibility of a Nightstop service for under 16’s in the North East, we envision that Nightstop will provide breathing space for young people and prevent them from going missing in the first place. We would appreciate that you complete the short attached questionnaire; this will help to inform service development.
Should you require any clarification, or information please contact Deborah Legg: 0191 2536187 or Kester Young 0191 2536161 Many Thanks Deborah Legg