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No Second Night Out

Date posted: 29 Nov 2012

No individual sleeping rough for the first time should have to spend a second night out on the street.  That is the vision of No Second Night Out (NSNO) - a new initiative recently launched and managed by Riverside ECHG in Greater Manchester.  Members of the public who see a rough sleeper should call a Freephone number (0345 11 28 128) with the details so that staff and volunteers can make contact with the rough sleeper and offer them a stay in emergency accommodation or support to reconnect with their community so they can be close to family and friends. NSNO involves the whole community, breaking down barriers and misunderstanding regarding rough sleepers.  Anybody referring a rough sleeper to the service will, if they want it, receive feedback on the progress and outcomes of the person they have referred (within the boundaries of respecting that person’s right to privacy).

James (aged 30) was recently referred to NSNO by one of the day centres in Manchester after three nights sleeping rough following the breakdown of his relationship.  The staff at NSNO helped him plan for the future and find permanent accommodation.  James stayed for three weeks before moving into longer term accommodation.  He is now doing voluntary work and has a more positive outlook on life.  He has recently been back in touch with his children and is working on his relationship with his ex-partner and her family.

“I really appreciated the support I received from NSNO and all the staff were friendly, which has helped me feel a bit stronger to deal with this situation.”

Church Housing Trust, as the fundraising partner of Riverside ECHG, is funding welcome packs of toiletries and other emergency items for rough sleepers when they first arrive and continues to support the work of Riverside ECHG in 15 other projects for homeless people across Manchester.  Your prayers and donations, especially during the cold winter months, will be greatly appreciated.  

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