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Wyre Forest & South Worcestershire Nightstop & Mediation

Summer 2020 Newsletter
A Word from Judith and Lottie

These last few months have been a challenge for all of us. The Nightstop team had to quickly adapt to a working from home model and be equipped with the tools to do this. We are very grateful to all those who made this possible:

  • Our amazing hosts who continued to offer their home as a safe place to stay
  • Funders who enabled us to get essential technology to deliver our mediation and counselling via digital channels
  • Staff who have been so flexible and willing to adapt
  • The fantastic community who tirelessly support us with a safe place to stay and donations of  food and other essential items.

We have seen our referrals increase across all aspects of our service and we are working hard to ensure that all those young people who need our services continue to get quick access.

Lockdown has been an isolating time for many people; not everyone has family at home and for many people a dog or other pet can be a huge source of comfort.  Many of the Nightstop team and volunteers rely on their canine friends for companionship and exercise and it can be a very worrying time when they are ill or injured. We owe a huge ‘thank you’ to the Street Vets who carried out an operation and cared for the dog of one of the young people we have been supporting – truly lifesaving. Lottie our mascot has helped to keep me sane on many a long walk.

To finish I would like to say a huge thank you to the amazing Nightstop Team, our Hosts and Trustees and all those fantastic volunteers without whom we wouldn’t have a service.

Time2Talk Update 

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis. School closures, restrictions on our movement and who we can have contact with have been necessary measures to combat the spread of the virus. Isolation, job losses, uncertainty, health fears, diminished support networks and the cessation of everyday activities has led to increased pressures and anxiety in everyday lives.

Young Minds cite 83% of young people reporting their mental health is worse as a result of the pandemic. This is a worrying statistic and as we ease out of lockdown services supporting young people and families will be under acute pressure at a time when the economy is struggling to recover and funding stretched more than ever.  

Time2Time has been continuing to support young people and families during the crisis delivering mediation and counselling sessions online or by telephone rather than face to face. We have seen an upsurge in demand for family relationship mediation whilst our counselling referrals have gone through the roof. Since lockdown we have delivered 50 mediation and 79 counselling sessions.

Whilst we divert job roles to cope with increased demand, we are aware this is just the tip of the iceberg. As schools reopen young people will be faced with big decisions in an uncertain climate during key transitional stages in their lives. Families that have been stretched financially, environmentally and emotionally will be coping with a new normal. We expect this demand to continue to rise.
Please do get in touch to find how our services can help you if you are:
  • aged 16-25 and in need of counselling (BACP member)
  •  aged 11+ and in need of mediation (UK mediation & CAOS trained)

Call us on 01562 743111 or Email: info@wfnightstop.org or 
Visit our website: www.wyreforestnightstop.org.uk

Axis Partnership Meeting Update

Nightstop are the lead partner in delivering the Axis Youth Hub, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Axis provides crisis advice and support for young people aged 13-25 years. Lockdown has not stopped the delivery of this service and we have been busier than ever, providing support via digital means for young people in need of our help.

We are supported in delivering this project by a wider variety of community partners who provide their expertise in a range of areas including mental health, housing and substance misuse. Our partnership group meets quarterly and has continued to share information and best practice throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

In June, we had a special COVID-themed meeting where agencies shared their learning from operating and supporting people during the pandemic. We also discussed the creative ways we had found of working that we will continue to use post lockdown.

Sassy As...

At Nightstop we have always worked with the most vulnerable young people in our community. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit young people especially hard and meant that some who were in relatively positive situations prior to lockdown have been in need of our support.

23 year old Glen had moved into a flat and a promise of employment. However, when lockdown was imposed he lost the offer of employment. With no income, he found himself in a dire situation in an unfurnished flat with no money to buy food.

Nightstop project worker Jo has been supporting Glen and we have provided him with cooking utensils, cutlery and a weekly food donation. Glen had rescued a neglected dog during lockdown which needed urgent veterinary attention.

Dog-lover Jo came to the rescue with advice and supported Glen to get into contact with Street Vets so that the pup, now christened Sassy, was able to have the appropriate care. Glen has now found employment and is now able to support himself and Sassy to have a brighter future.

Glen said, “Nightstop is a fantastic charity, which goes above and beyond anything that I have experienced before.”

VE Day Celebrations

The COVID lockdown didn’t stop Wyre Forest residents having a socially distanced VE Day knees up whilst raising much appreciated funds for Nightstop!

The fundraiser was the idea of Bewdley resident Rachel Tucker. She became aware of Nightstop through a friend who had been talking to a Nightstop team member providing food parcels to young people in the local area. Rachel and her friend Hayley have rallied their neighbours through their community Whatsapp group to come together to support Nightstop through food and financial donations.
Rachel said that supporting Nightstop appealed to everyone in the neighbourhood because of its immediacy; people could see the difference that their support was making during the COVID crisis. She added that she had lived in her road for 15 years and the experience of planning the fundraising celebration had brough neighbours together.

A big thank you to Rachel, Hayley and the whole community for supporting Nightstop!
Our address has changed!

We are delighted to let you know that we have moved to new offices. We are still in the town centre. We look forward to inviting you to our grand opening as soon as the current situation allows.

OUR NEW ADDRESS:

35/36 Worcester Street
Kidderminster
DY10 1EW

We can still be reached on 01562 743111 | Email: info@wfnightstop.org | www.wyreforestnightstop.org.uk 
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