150 homeless youngsters helped by Dorset Nightstop

150 homeless youngsters helped by Dorset Nightstop

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:41am 16th September 2019.

A homeless service that helps local youngsters off the streets is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Dorset Nightstop provides emergency temporary accommodation to homeless young people aged 16 to 25.

They're placed with volunteer host families, typically for up to three nights, while local agencies find a long-term solution. 


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Since 2009, 20 volunteer hosts have provided 520 nights' shelter to over 150 young people in Dorset. 

Staff, volunteers and young people supported by Action for Children's Dorset Nightstop joined the Mayor of Dorchester at Poundbury Business Centre on Monday evening (9 September) to mark the project's 10th anniversary.

After speeches from Action for Children staff and Dorchester Mayor Cllr Richard Biggs, volunteers from the project were presented with thank you gifts and recognition awards.

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Volunteer coordinator, Simon Keys, said: 

"It's been a real privilege to be part of a project that's helped some of our most vulnerable young people in Dorset. 

"Our fantastic host families and drivers have gone out of their way countless times over the years, often at very short notice, to make sure homeless young people are safe and cared for. "

"We're always looking for people across Dorset to help a young person in need. By giving them safe and secure home for a few days you could stop them from having to sleeping on the streets."