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The Minstead Trust is urgently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Wood Turning Enthusiast - Working as part of a small team, supporting adults with learning disabilities, on a one to one basis, providing instruction and support on basic wood-turning skills

Skills support with literacy and numeracy - To work one to one in sessions of half an hour with 3 to 5 students on a Monday morning. You would be helping the students with their reading, writing, money skills, telling the time, numbers etc. according to the individuals need and using age-appropriate materials and resources.

Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

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More 4 documentary features homelessness network behind New Forest Nightstop

The homelessness network behind New Forest Nightstop is featured in a major new TV documentary broadcast on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

More 4 is screening Would You Take In A Stranger? – a powerful and moving hour-long film made by Drummer TV – from 10pm. It is also available for around a month from the broadcast date on:

Director Ben Freedman follows the emergency accommodation service, which matches members of the public with young people who need a bed in a moment of crisis, welcoming them into their home until a longer term solution can be found.

The programme features three young people in very different circumstances, none of whom fulfils the stereotype of a “homeless” person.

Kieran is a 17-year-old boy at college who has had an argument with his stepdad. With exams to contend with and no experience of sleeping away from home, the Nightstop team work quickly to try to find him a bed for the night.

Dandi, 21 has been using Nightstop on and off for three years because she has a difficult relationship with her mum. She comes across as so smiley and well presented that, in the past, youth workers have not always believed her when she has told them she is homeless.

Paul is 24 and nearing the end of the time with Nightstop so the race is on to find a long-term solution.

For all three young people, it is the fleeting relationships they have with their hosts that are striking.

Jude Todd, manager of New Forest Nightstop, said: “The use of spare rooms in a welcoming and nurturing home is a lifeline to young people in crisis.

“In New Forest Nightstop, a rural Nightstop service, last year we provided 102 bed-nights for 26 young people who were facing homelessness. This documentary really shows just how powerful Nightstop is in changing young people’s lives.

The Nightstop network is led by homelessness charity Depaul UK.

It provides a safety net to those unable to stay at home, placing young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and volunteer.

And it prevents young people from sleeping rough or staying in unsafe places where they would be at risk of abuse.

If you would like to find out about volunteering  for New Forest Nightstop, please call Jude Todd or Sarah Mason-Smith on 01425 478391 or email or look at this web page

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New Forest Nightstop is part of the national registered charity, Depaul Nightstop UK, and provides emergency overnight accommodation for homeless 16 - 24 year olds in the homes of trained and approved host households around the New Forest.

A young person visits a local agency and if the young person is suitable, the agency will make a referral to Nightstop. Young people cannot self-refer to Nightstop.Many local agencies are participating in the scheme:

• It's Your Choice - youth advice service
• NFDC Housing Needs
• Citizens' Advice Bureau
• Colleges and Schools
• Youth Support Services / Youth Clubs
• Social Services
• Job Centres
• Police
• Church organisations

Nightstop is free to young people and host households receive expenses. If suitable, a young person is able to stay 1 - 5 nights in a Nightstop household while receiving further advice from their housing advice worker who will discuss their options with them and put their case forward to the New Forest District Council Housing Panel.

Nightstop is not a permanent solution to youth homelessness, but it gives a young person a breathing space to consider their situation.

The Nightstop team of hosts, drivers and support volunteers welcomes enquiries from new volunteers who will be part of a well-respected and friendly team who receive free CRB checks, free training and expenses.

Above all, they gain great job satisfaction in helping local young people. For volunteering opportunities, full details of our referral process and all our latest exciting news visit our dedicated website

For any further information about Nightstop, please contact Jude Todd, Nightstop Manager, at or call the Nightstop office on 01425 478391.