As Chair of Bradford Nightstop, I wanted to update you with some of our recent board decisions.
- We have agreed to suspend our hosting service until March 2021. This is because we must ensure that young people and volunteers are not placed at unreasonable risk.
- From being the busiest Nightstop in the Country, we are now one of the quietest. Our referral line is closed but we understand that unlike in many other parts of the country, the 'Everyone In' scheme in Bradford will continue to give rough sleepers rooms in hotels until March 2021.
- Although our staff will be working reduced hours, we will keep in touch with volunteers, continue to deliver education work and develop new workstreams such as mediation to support and strengthen our work in preventing homelessness.
- The staff will also be researching the needs of and mapping provision for homeless young people, which will include listening to as many young people as we can.
As a Board and staff team, we are looking for new opportunities to support vulnerable young people and for new partners to work with who share our aims and values.
For Nightstop this is a time of real change and a time for exploring new opportunities. Covid has made many of us think differently about how we work, and I am sure Nightstop will emerge from this fresher and stronger and ready to tackle the challenges of a post-Covid world.
Please take care of yourselves.
Chair of Bradford Nightstop Trustees