Young homelessness service reaches milestone
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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A service that helps homeless young people has reached a milestone.
South Worcestershire Nightstop has recently provided its 400th night of emergency accommodation.
Co-ordinator Cath Woolford explained that without the scheme many young local people would be sleeping on the streets.
She said: “We have built up a network of volunteer host families who offer crucial help for young people in crisis. This important milestone shows what a vital service we are providing."
Launched in 2009 and operated by Malvern-based Festival Housing, the service helps people aged 16-25 in the Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City areas.
South Worcestershire Nightstop has recently been developed to include longer placements of up to eight weeks with hosts and a new mediation service to help young people rebuild relationships with their parent or carer.
“Recent training has also brought seven new host families on board and we’re pleased to say that more than half of the 63 young people helped have moved on to supported accommodation at housing schemes such as Bath Rd, the Foyer and YMCA in Worcester,” added Ms Woolford.