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Interested in volunteering with us? Hear what our volunteers have to say:

"Last year we heard of two young people, one sleeping in their car and another living in a tent in the Forest. We felt we wanted to help other local people who for whatever reason found themselves homeless.

We started by asking friends to donate unwanted gifts, bric-a-brac, household items, scarves, jewellery etc and sold these at an event. Jam and homemade cakes were especially popular, so I made lots of jams, marmalades, chutneys and cakes which we sold a various table sales and fairs.

As well as raising funds, all these events helped to raise the profile of the charity

We have thoroughly enjoyed organising and taking part in all the events. We have met some lovely, generous and interesting people, and hope that our small efforts, and the continuing work of New Forest Nightstop, may have prevented someone sleeping rough tonight.

Could you use your talents to help this very worthwhile local charity?"
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Do you have what it takes to be a Nightstop volunteer? Here are some words from one of our volunteer host couples:

"We have a good life with family, friends, a roof over our heads, love and happiness. We are fortunate. Others aren't, and if we can give a bit of comfort, a good meal and a warm bed, well, that's a win, isn't it?

The people at Nightstop are supportive and sensitive to our needs - we can't always respond to a request - and our guests have turned from strangers to 'people like us' the moment they walk through the door. We are slightly nervous about meeting them - but nowhere near as nervous as they are meeting us! A gentle welcome is, we have found, all that is needed.

As is often said this could have been us, our children, our friends’ children, but our guests are someone else's child, friend, relative and our very small contribution may just have helped them through a difficult time.

Yes, sometimes, we'd rather have a quiet night in, watching telly, but actually it feels so much better to know that you are making a difference at a crucial time in someone's life."
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‘Shocking’ rise in rough sleeping means Government risks breaking commitment, says homelessness charity Depaul UK: uk.depaulcharity.org/depaul-shocked-rough-sleeping-stats

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