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Depaul UK provides support to young people facing homelessness

Youth charity Depaul UK was founded in 1989 in response to the homelessness crisis in central London. The charity now provides supported accommodation services in London and the South East, the North East, Greater Manchester, and South Yorkshire. Last year, the charity helped more than 3,100 young people - and around 1,400 used its housing support services.

Since 2013, Depaul has received £1.25 Million from players. This funding has enabled an increase in the quality of its services to young people facing homelessness.

Players have helped Depaul to create its first Endeavour Centre, which is set to support more than 1,000 young people this year through its London Nightstop, Alone in London and Get Up and Go services.

Last year, a £200,000 grant from players allowed the charity to open a new Nightstop service based in Sheffield. The service has been an instant success, and has already provided more than 160 people, facing homelessness, with beds for a night.

The experience gained from launching Nightstop South Yorkshire will help Depaul set up another new Nightstop service in Manchester later this year.

Nightstop is helping more young people every day and night, in more cities than ever before - thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Depaul UK already leads a national nightstop network, with 33 services around the UK. The success of the national Nightstop network service led to the Channel 4 documentary "Would You Take In A Stranger?"

One young client, Max, said, "With Depaul's services, I felt safe. They go well out of their way to help people like me. It's because of them, I'm where I am now. If I didn't have them, and I had had to sleep rough for one more night, I don't know if I would have made it.

"I've now moved on to permanent accommodation. I have a room with a lock on the door, a washing machine, and a shower. I have an amazing job - going into schools to give seminars on skills to succeed."

Players' support has funded Depaul UK's five-year Endeavour programme, which will enhance Depaul's services to young people through workforce development, service-user involvement, and improved monitoring and evaluation.

Depaul UK Chair Suzanne McCarthy said, "Being a member of the People's Postcode Lottery family is a great honour, and we are very proud to be part of it. Thank you, players of People's Postcode Lottery."

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