A new youth homelessness service, aimed at giving young people emergency accommodation, has been launched in Sheffield.
Nightstop South Yorkshire – run by homelessness charity Depaul UK – will provide another option for those who face sleeping on the streets or in other unsafe places – thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield Denise Fox launched the service at the Royal Victoria Hotel on Friday in an event also attended by Sheffield MPs and councillors and homelessness specialists from the city council.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador, Judie McCourt, the radio presenter, compered the event and welcomed guests.
Nightstop South Yorkshire manager, Amy Smith, who will run the service out of Cumberland House in the city centre’s Eyre Street, said: “We are really grateful to the volunteers who have come forward already, allowing us to launch this emergency accommodation service for young people in the area.
“Getting it off the ground expands the range of options for young people who find themselves homeless in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. We are still looking for more hosts who can offer a spare room, somewhere to wash, a hot meal and a listening ear.”
The new service is being funded by a £200,000 award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have been able to award such vital funding to Depaul UK to allow them to develop their new project in Sheffield.
“The services provided by Depaul UK make such a difference to young people across the country who are at risk of homelessness and I am sure that the launch of Nightstop South Yorkshire will make a huge impact on the lives of young people in need.”
Depaul UK Chief Executive Martin Houghton-Brown, Chairperson Suzanne McCarthy and all of the charity’s trustees attended the launch in Sheffield, with Mr Houghton-Brown saying: “We have a city and county-wide commitment to provide services which can help end youth homelessness in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
To find out more about volunteering for Nightstop South Yorkshire, call 07918 904661 or email nightstopSY@depaulcharity.org.uk