Wyre Forest Nightstop

“I didn’t know what to do, or where to go, but I found myself at Wyre Forest Nightstop who helped me when I had no-one else. They placed me with a host family, helped me into supported housing, and I started volunteering for them and gained a Peer Mentoring qualification.”

West Midlands

Charity location

£68,000

Grant size

3 years

Funding period

Our partnership

Wyre Forest Nightstop is a Kidderminster-based charity that works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. The charity supports young people with a range of services, from emergency accommodation to family mediation, and offers opportunities to develop new skills and gain qualifications and experience through volunteering.

One of the young people they supported was Courteney who came to Wyre Forest Nightstop a day after she turned 18 when she was obliged to leave her foster carers:

“Suddenly I was homeless. I didn’t know what to do, or where to go, but I found myself at Wyre Forest Nightstop who helped me when I had no-one else. They placed me with a host family, helped me into supported housing, and I started volunteering for them and gained a Peer Mentoring qualification. I’ve now got a flat and a job, but I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without Nightstop. Their support has never come to an end, they’re always here for me.”

Wyre Forest Nightstop received their first grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation in 2015, when they were given £13,050 for strategical development and to strengthen their organisational systems.

“Our turning point came two years ago when we were given an Enable grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation which equipped our staff and trustees with the skills we needed to tackle challenges head-on,” said Wyre Forest Nightstop CEO Judith Ford.

With the support of the Foundation, Wyre Forest Nightstop’s services have expanded over the last few years despite facing funding cuts and increased demand. The charity now supports more young people than ever before.

They have since been awarded a larger grant of £68,000 over three years from Lloyds Bank Foundation that contributes towards the charity’s core costs so they can continue to provide their vital support and services to vulnerable young people.

Wyre Forest Nightstop has also benefitted from the Foundation’s Enhance programme, to help strengthen their effectiveness. Through this, their Chief Executive Judith has been able to join an Ella Forum where she can meet other local CEOs to share ideas and challenges. She has also been matched to a Lloyds Banking Group Charity Mentor, Senior Manager Josh Cole, and gained the support of her local Lloyds Branch. Judith added:

“Josh works alongside me and offers guidance drawing on his experience from a business perspective which is invaluable. People often comment on the divide between the voluntary sector and the private sector but we have so much to learn from each other. As I’ve found with my mentor, when we work together we can make great things happen. On a local level, we have also had great support from our local Lloyds Branch – staff volunteer and help us fundraise and it’s a great example of a community coming together for a shared goal.”

Of the support the Foundation and the bank have offered, she said:

“None of Courteney’s journey with us would have been possible without the support of Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group.”

Our turning point came two years ago when we were given an Enable grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation which equipped our staff and trustees with the skills we needed to tackle challenges head-on.

Judith Ford, CEO

What do we mean by Homeless and Vulnerably Housed?

People with no accommodation, living in temporary accommodation or who are vulnerably housed where there is a high risk of becoming homeless.

Our Impact on Homeless and Vulnerably Housed in 2018

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new grants helping people experiencing homelessness

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people were helped to find safe and suitable accommodation

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