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Volunteers "deserve a huge amount of recognition"

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."

– Kester Young, Senior Project Worker at Nightstop

“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.”

– Kester Young, Senior Project Worker at Nightstop

Cameron: "Nightstop North East provides an invaluable service"

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.

“This Big Society Award recognises the achievements of the whole Nightstop team, including the 33 inspirational volunteers who regularly open up their own homes to provide a safe place to sleep when it’s needed most.

”Nightstop North East provides an invaluable service, reaching out a helping hand to some of the region’s most vulnerable young people and getting them off the streets for good.”

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

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.


Big Society award for North East charity

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.