New Sheffield homelessness emergency service calls for volunteers

Homelessness charity Depaul UK is looking for volunteer hosts in Sheffield for an emergency accommodation service for young people that it is setting up in the city.  Nightstop Sheffield will provide overnight accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers in the area. The new service, which is funded by a £200,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is aiming to recruit 45 volunteer hosts in its first year. Amy Smith, the new service’s manager, said: “It is a shocking statistic that, on average, people who are homeless can expect to die at the age of just 47.

“The Nightstop service is designed to stop young people, aged from 16 to 25, entering the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that can lead to this devastating outcome.  Homelessness is rising as a result of the current economic conditions and the new Nightstop Sheffield needs to meet this demand. We want to encourage people to come forward to help us make a lasting difference to young people in Sheffield this year.”

Amy, based at Depaul’s Sheffield office, at Cumberland House in Eyre Street, said: “From our current work in the city, we know how serious the homelessness problem is in Sheffield. There could not be a better time to launch a Nightstop service here.
“And after we have established the service in Sheffield, we plan to expand it to cover South Yorkshire.”

The Sheffield service will be the 34th member of Depaul UK’s Nightstop network which covers much of the UK. At each service, volunteer hosts provide a room, evening meal and listening ear to a young homeless person for a night at a time in their own home.

Nightstop teams work with homeless young people, in partnership with local agencies, to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless, providing family mediation and securing long-term settled accommodation.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Nightstop Sheffield, please call 07918 904661 or email amy.smith@depaulcharity.org.uk
https://uk.depaulcharity.org

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