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More Than Bed Nights

February 21st, 2018

Nightstop UK welcomed  more than 90 representatives from Nightstop services across the UK to its national conference this month (February 2018).

The annual event took place in Manchester on 8 February, bringing together the UK’s 30 Nightstop services to train and share experiences of providing emergency accommodation to young people experiencing homelessness. 

The conference was entitled “More than bed-nights”, and focused on the additional benefits and long-term impact that Nightstop brings to the young people it supports.

At the event, Nightstop UK’s most recent impact figures were revealed, stating that in 2017:

• 1,403 young people were supported by Nightstop
• 11,073 bed nights were provided
• 823 volunteers supported the service in total
• 523 households offered their spare rooms

Additional outcomes given by young Nightstop users were also released, saying that the service offered them:

• Reduced risk of harm
• Increased ability to stay warm and dry
• Improved personal care and health
• Increased optimism about the future

Nicola Harwood, Depaul UK’s Associate Director, Prevention, who heads up Nightstop, said:

“The title of this year’s conference, More Than Bed-Nights, perfectly sums up the unique service provided by Nightstop UK. We provided over 11,000 bednights but we did much more than that.

“Nightstop services offer young people a welcoming home, a listening ear, and the support they need to help them avoid long-term homelessness.

“The national conference gives Nightstop services the chance to come together, learn, and share experiences, so that young people continue to get the support they need from their local Nightstop.”

Key speakers at the conference also included Tobiaz Brunning, Social Media Strategy Manager for People's Postcode Lottery, whose players have provided vital funding for Nightstop UK. 

The conference also welcomed some special guests from across the pond, as representatives from North America’s first Nightstop service, Nightstop Ontario, Canada, which launched in 2017, joined the event.

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