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.
“We are delighted to receive an Award.
Nightstop volunteers deserve a huge amount of recognition for the opportunity they provide to some of the most vulnerable in society.
Time after time the hosts selflessly offer up their home and hospitality to young people in need and, without them and the various other volunteers that provide essential support to office staff on a daily basis, there would be a massive gap in support available to young people."
“The award serves as a reminder that the project is well appreciated and gives us all extra encouragement to continue the work we do, to stick to our values of celebrating the potential of people, putting our words into action and taking a wider role in civil society.”
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