will tackle youth homelessness in Burnham area
people in the Burnham and Highbridge area will soon have a new
service available to them if they need a roof over their heads
in an emergency.
Nightstop, the scheme provides short term emergency accommodation
for young people in the homes of volunteer hosts in the community.
It will be launched in the Burnham area on 11th August at Hope
Baptist Church in Highbridge where a special exhibition will be
held from 5.30pm 8pm.
Liz Pardoe, Sedgemoor's Home Project Co-ordinator at the YMCA,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Nightstop is a service where a
young person, aged 16-25 years who is homeless, will be given
a safe, supportive place to stay. The next day, our staff will
assist them as they explore their housing options or support them
to return to the family home."
be able to offer this invaluable service to young people, we need
volunteer hosts. Sometimes all a young person needs is time and
space to find solutions and start to rebuild relationships enabling
a return home. There are also times when a return to the family
home is not an option and other support and housing services may
be needed. The reality Nightstop is trying to prevent is a young
person finding themselves in a vulnerable situation or sleeping
rough on the streets."
Sedgemoor District Council's Housing Advice Manager, Jerry Milton,
added that the service is needed in the area. "Whilst the
Council has been very successful in reducing homelessness over
the past three years, youth homelessness remains a problem with
over 50% of homeless applications coming from young people under
the age of 25 and 20% of those are from 16 and 17 year olds."
are working with a range of agencies including Bridgwater YMCA
and Somerset County Council to tackle youth homelessness and the
Nightstop scheme, which has been very successful elsewhere in
the country, provides an opportunity for members of the public
to help young people in their communities."
For more information or an informal chat, contact Liz on 0771
2190165 or visit the information evening on 11th August.
are the team at Highbridge's YMCA centre in Wade House