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.
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