Our History | Depaulcharity

Our History

We believe that no young person should sleep in an unsafe place, no matter where they are in the country. This is what gets us out of bed every day and keeps us doing what we do.

The first Nightstop opened in 1987 in Leeds and there is now a network of 33 Nightstops around the UK. The Nightstop network is led by Depaul UK, which is responsible for the strategy, quality and development of Nightstops around the country. To ensure that the Nightstop network delivers a safe, high quality service to young people and volunteers, Depaul UK quality assesses each service every two years and provides ongoing support and development.

Nightstop wants to reach as many young people as possible and provide them with a safe place to sleep. To do this, we need to collaborate with other organisations. We take the proven Nightstop model, that’s worked for 30 years, and share it with the best community-rooted organisation in the area to replicate the service. These range from small, local community organisations to large national charities, like the YMCA or Barnardo’s. If you're interested in setting a Nightstop in your area, please get in touch.

It's important to us that we remain in touch and hands on with delivering the Nightstop service, so we run four Nightstop services ourselves. By doing this, we can test out new ideas and find ways to keep improving and developing the model. It also helps that we know what we are talking about when we are supporting other organisations!

We believe the community is the answer to youth homelessness. By working with in communities, we will ensure that no young person sleeps in an unsafe place ever again.

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