Bradford Homeless Charity Given Lottery Boost

Nightstop to benefit from £200,000 cash injection.

A homelessness charity is hoping it can offer more help to young people living on West Yorkshires streets after being given £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Bradford Nightstop provides emergency accommodation as well as helping youngsters to find somewhere to live.

Molly Somerville form the charity said: "Because of the recession, things are going to get worse rather than better. There's more pressure on families, less money around. Things are getting worse really."

"Christmas itself is another pressure and I think there are all sorts of family rows go on at Christmas. There's also more tension around because people are trying to save money."

Preventative education sessions will be provided in pupil referral units, schools and colleges, to enable young people who may be at risk of homelessness to think through their options and make informed choices before leaving home.

Over the course of the project it’s hoped that 10,000 young people will take part in these sessions, up to 1,850 will have stayed in the homes of volunteer hosts, 50 young people will have benefitted from staying on Nightstop Plus and 10 volunteer drivers and 5 volunteer hosts will have been recruited.

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