Press Release - No Second Night Out Project

Press Release - No Second Night Out Project

'No Second Night Out Project' prevented over 600 people from becoming homeless in Rochdale

On Wednesday 4th February an Evaluation Event was held at the Petrus Hub to share findings of an independent evaluation conducted by Rochdale and District Mind's Discovery Team. Petrus Community in partnership with the Bond Board were successful in March 2013 at acquiring Central Government funds from the Homelessness Transition Fund to provide a 'No Second Night Out' Service in Rochdale. The aim of this service was to address homelessness in the borough by working with rough sleepers to find solutions and to engage people in preventative work to avoid homelessness.

Picture depicts Paul Connery from Homeless Link speaking at 'No Second Night Out' evaluation event at Petrus Hub

Over 50 people attended the event to listen to the guest speakers Ian Jolley (Homelessness Manager Strategic Housing for RMBC) and Paul Connery (Strategic and Partnership Manager, Homeless Link). A short film produced by independent film maker Lee Kirby containing interviews with service users and stakeholders was also shown to the audience. Phil Foster Deputy Co-ordinator for Petrus introduced the event and highlighted how 'effective partnership working had been crucial in how successful the service had been at preventing people from becoming homeless'. He spoke about how the service had contributed to the development of other innovative schemes such as the 'Let's Talk' Counselling Service in partnership with Gaddum and the Bhealthy Volunteer Scheme which promotes health and well-being. He concluded by stating 'that the information, advice and support work offered by both organisation still continues'.

Ian Jolley explained that the original aim of the 'NSNO' service in Rochdale was to engage with 300 people at risk of sleeping rough and becoming homeless. However, he went on to point out that the service had exceeded this target by 'engaging over 600 people and preventing them from becoming homeless over an 18 month period'. He echoed the remarks made by Phil Foster about 'services working in partnership to overcome massive challenges' and acknowledged 'the support of other agencies such as the Sanctuary Trust in the delivery of this service'.

Paul Connery reported that '175 areas in the UK had been allocated NSNO funds and of the work carried out nationally to reduce rough sleeping 90% had been funded by Homeless Link'. The funding has 'enabled 67% of people who were rough sleeping to be helped and prevented from returning to the streets'. The funding for these types of schemes runs out nationally in March 2015. Paul highlighted current national issues including the fact that 'there are more new people presenting as homeless, and the numbers of people rough sleeping has increased by 37% since 2010.' He also pointed out that there has been 'an increase in youth homelessness, increase in unstable accommodation, increase in people presenting with multiple and complex needs and in the numbers of women who are now rough sleeping'. He re-iterated the 'importance of true partnership working to maximise on the opportunities to gain funding to get resources out to those who most need it'.

The work of Petrus is reliant on support from the local community, if you are interested in making a donation or want to know more about volunteering please visit our website at www.petrus.org.uk.

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