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Full Report: Nightstop appeals for North East volunteers

The number of young people who are homeless in the the North East has risen by almost a fifth in the past 12 months.

The charity Nightstop - which helps them - is now calling for more volunteers to come forward. All you need, they say, is a spare room and a kind heart.

Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.

To find out more about how you can get involved with Nightstop, you can email or telephone 0191 253 6161.

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.