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North East charity Nightstop have expressed their happiness at being honoured with a Big Society award from the Prime Minister.
Since the initiative began in 2008, the volunteers who act as hosts have donated over 37,500 hours of their time to support over 850 young people.
Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the work done by North East charity Nightstop to help some of the most vulnerable people in the region.
Through Nightstop, volunteers host young people aged 16 – 25 who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets in their own homes - providing them with a safe place to sleep, washing facilities and breakfast for up to two weeks.
The charity also works with the young people to support them into more permanent accommodation or to return home to their families.
To find out more about what Nightstop does, or how you can get involved, click here.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has awarded Nightstop North East a prestigious Big Society Award.
The project provides safe emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16-25.
Volunteers provide a safe place to sleep, washing facilities and breakfast for up to 14 nights.
The team of 31 volunteers across Tyne & Wear and County Durham, has now expanded to include Teesside as well as Northumberland and County Durham.