Homeless group reaches 400 milestone

By Rob George Friday 22 February 2013 Updated: 22/02 11:13

A VITAL service which is helping young homeless people in Droitwich has recently reached a notable milestone.

South Worcestershire Nightstop, operated by Festival Housing, has just provided its 400th night of emergency accommodation since it launched in 2009.

Nightstop is a national project funded by the Big Lottery, with the South Worcestershire service helping people aged 16 to 25 in Wychavon, Malvern Hills, and Worcester city.

Local project co-ordinator Cath Woolford said without the scheme, many young local people would be sleeping on the streets.

“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,” she said.

The South Worcestershire Nightstop has recently been developed to include longer placements of up to eight weeks with more 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 Road, the Foyer and YMCA in Worcester,” she added.

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