We’re delighted to welcome a new homelessness prevention charity to the area, Depaul Milton Keynes.
Depaul UK is a national homelessness charity that has been running for over 30 years, based on Vincentian values. With the full backing of Milton Keynes Council and the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership, they have been commissioned to offer two of their prevention services to MK – Reconnect and Nightstop – so that no young person will have to experience hidden homelessness or rough sleeping.
Reconnect MK offers support and mediation to those aged 16-25 and their families. The service is delivered by qualified and experienced mediators who work to overcome conflict, improve communication, and strengthen relationships that are at risk of breaking down. The aim is to help young people stay in or return to the family home, or successfully move on to independent living with a strengthened support network behind them. If you are aware of a young person (approx. aged 16-25) who is having difficulties with relationships at home (whether these are with family members, their partners, their partners’ family, housemates or landlords) then Depaul can be contacted as follows:
Nightstop MK provides emergency accommodation to young people who have nowhere else to stay by placing them in the homes of volunteer community hosts. Nightstop is a tried and tested approach, with services running across the country for the last three decades, and has proven to be a safer and more beneficial alternative to many of the more traditional emergency accommodation options available. The service is fully flexible for volunteers and, with thorough safeguarding and continual support in place, it is incredibly safe for all involved – both guests and hosts.
Depaul Milton Keynes writes:
“Along with already seeing success stories coming from our Reconnect service, we’re really pleased to soon be offering the Nightstop service to young people in need of a safe place to stay in Milton Keynes. However, as it relies on volunteers, we can’t get up and running until we’ve trained some community hosts and drivers. Would you or someone you know be interested in getting involved? You could make a real difference to the lives of young people. It doesn’t require much to be a volunteer and, as a current host with our Manchester service told me, “you can do a lot of good with very little effort”. Our message is: If you have a spare room or a full and clean driving license and want to be part of a unique, safe, flexible volunteering opportunity, that’s life changing for a young person, please get in touch!”
You can find out more about Nightstop on their website and follow regular updates on their Depaul Milton Keynes Facebook page.