Boost for youth homelessness project

A YMCA initiative aimed at getting young homeless people off the streets of Waveney has received a cash boost.Night Stop, which provides support and emergency accommodation for young homeless people under the age of 18, has been awarded an �18,000 grant by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, through its community programme.

A YMCA initiative aimed at getting young homeless people off the streets of Waveney has received a cash boost.

Night Stop, which provides support and emergency accommodation for young homeless people under the age of 18, has been awarded an �18,000 grant by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, through its community programme.

Under the scheme, vulnerable young people are matched with a host family who can offer them a safe environment and support in an effort to help them return to education, training or employment and find a permanent place to live.

The grant will help the work of Night Stop, which is based in Lowestoft and at Bury St Edmunds.


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Angela Thornton, project manager, St Edmund and Waveney YMCA, said: 'We know there are at least 300 young homeless people in Suffolk each year. Thanks to this funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation we will now be able to employ a full-time member of staff solely dedicated to developing this project and so reach out to more young people than ever before.'

To find out more about the Night Stop project, visit the YMCA website at: www.ymca.org.uk or contact Angela Thornton, project manager, on 01284 701697.

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