Introducing our new Patron
We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Knowles and Elektec have joined the Nightsafe family as Patrons. Elektec is a family run business providing electrical services for commercial and industrial organisations throughout the North West. Elektec was established in October 2017 and is based in Darwen, Lancashire. Charlotte co-owns the business with her husband Carl and is the Finance & Business Communications Manager. Elektec aims to provide excellent customer [...]
Nightsafe Newsletter – Issue 5
Well what can I say, I’m currently struggling to contain my excitement ! As you all know, I have been keeping you up to date on the progress of our new Anchor Avenue Housing Project. For a long time it has been months away, weeks away and now it’s only days away. Nightsafe Newsletter Issue 5
The Big Sleep Out 2022
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust will be working in collaboration with Nightsafe, a local charity that supports homeless people within the borough, to host ‘The Big Sleep Out 2022’ on Friday 18th November at Ewood Park! The Big Sleep Out 2022 is to raise awareness and highlight the important issues surrounding homelessness in Blackburn, and participants will spend one night sleeping on the concourse and the stand of the Darwen [...]
Introducing our new Patron
We are delighted to announce that Debbi Dawson has become a Nightsafe Patron. Motivated, enthusiastic, and passionate by her own admissions, Debbi has been supporting and promoting Nightsafe for several years, in fact last year, along with her fabulous dog Bella she raised £2000 by ‘Walking 100 Miles in May’!!! We caught up with Debbi recently when she was wallpapering one of the bedrooms in our Anchor Avenue project [...]
SAM’S SHOP FOR NIGHTSAFE!
There’s something very special about a seven year old boy thinking of other young people, not that much older than himself, being homeless. And Nightsafe are very fortunate to have that special 7 year old supporting us! Sam Trickett decided he wanted to raise money for charity and after a long discussion with his parents he chose Nightsafe. The reason he gave was that no one should go to [...]
Climbing Three Peaks for Nightsafe!
24 miles and 1585m of ascent to raise money for Nightsafe!! What a wonderful surprise CEO Jan Larkin had when she received an email from Barker and Coleman solicitors in Blackburn asking if Nightsafe could be the chosen charity for their Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge on Saturday 27th August 2022. This challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-gent, Whernside and Ingleborough, covering 24 miles in total. Of course her [...]
Jenson dives with sharks for Nightsafe!
Swimming with sharks at any age sounds scary, but imagine if your child announced they wanted to do it? This was exactly what 8 year old Jenson did whilst he was watching the television with his parents. After mentioning it a few more times his parents suggested he use some of his Christmas money to book a dive at Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire and to make it more [...]
Nightsafe Newsletter – Issue 4
My goodness what an exciting last couple of months we have had here at Nightsafe. I’m sure you will have all seen and hopefully heard, if you were lucky enough to get tickets, the very wonderful Mr Liam Gallagher! Nightsafe Newsletter Issue 4
Meet Nightsafe Volunteer Albert
Albert joined Nightsafe as a Nightsafe Service Volunteer (NSV) in June 2021. Volunteering was one of his life plans and Volunteering Matters introduced him to the organisation. From the moment he arrived, Albert immediately felt like part of the Nightsafe family. His main role was to support homeless young people in the Emergency Night Shelter and the day centre. Albert said “I love how engaged Nightsafe are with the [...]
Volunteers’ Week 2022
Last week we celebrated our amazing volunteers who support us in every element of Nightsafe, from the day centre, emergency night shelter and housing projects through to our board of Trustees. Jan Larkin said "It is great to celebrate our volunteers, every day they make such a difference to so many lives. We are also thankful to our board of Trustees who are volunteers too, sharing their expertise and [...]
Anchor Avenue – Making A House A Home
Nightsafe needs your help – and we need it NOW! We are calling on businesses and individuals to transform a shell of a property into a bright modern home for five young people who have faced homelessness In a DIY SOS-style operation we are appealing for businesses and retailers to donate goods and furniture, trades and volunteers to offer their time; and monetary donations to help fund and furnish the project. The house in Anchor Avenue, Darwen, was bought by a generous supporter but is in dire need of renovation.
Hampton by Hilton Blackburn launch their partnership with Nightsafe
On Wednesday 30th March Hampton by Hilton, Blackburn officially launched their partnership with Nightsafe. CEO Jan Larkin and Project Manager Pam Holgate recently visited the hotel and met with Sales Manager Hannah White. Hannah introduced Jan to members of the team who are all really excited about channelling their energies and enthusiasm into a local charity. Jan commented "It was fabulous to visit the hotel and meet Hannah, to [...]
Nightsafe Newsletter – Issue 2
Welcome to Issue 2 of our Nightsafe Newsletter. Spring is bursting out right across Blackburn with Darwen and very much in evidence at Nightsafe! Nightsafe Newsletter Issue 2
Annual Review 2020-2021
It is safe to say that 2020-2021 was a year like no other for Nightsafe!Our Annual Review provides an insight into how we adapted our services during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as celebrating our successes. Annual Review
Hampton by Hilton Blackburn partners with Nightsafe
The Hampton by Hilton Blackburn hotel team have pledged support to local charity Nightsafe, supporting young homeless people in Blackburn and Darwen. The team are committed to helping with a variety of projects including volunteering to help paint and decorate Nightsafe houses, donating moving on boxes and offering free gym passes to support mental and emotional well-being. Located on Frontier retail park just off the M65, on the border of [...]
January 2022 Newsletter
Happy 2022!! HelloMy name is Jan Larkin and I am the Chief Executive of Nightsafe.The support from our community over the last 31 years has always brought a glow to my heart. This year, as a way of thanking you for your kindness I want to share more details with you about who we are, what we do and how important your support is. As we move through the [...]
St Michael with St John School join Nightsafe Sleepout
On Friday 3rd December 2021 Nightsafe hosted their annual Sleep Out. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness around the issue of young people who are homeless and raise funds to support the vital work Nightsafe do. When St Michael with St John C of E Primary School, Blackburn, heard about the event they wanted to be part of it and arranged their own sponsored “SLEEP IN [...]
Running For Nightsafe in the Blackburn 10K
When he saw the advert for the Blackburn 10K, Jimmy knew this was just the challenge he was looking for, and Nightsafe was the perfect charity to spur him along. Jimmy said “Earlier this year I needed a focus, something to get me motivated back into running and a local 10K was the perfect answer.
Blackburn chemicals donation ensures Nighsafe can continue their vital work
Blackburn Chemicals, a family run business founded by George Lamb, have made another generous donation to Nightsafe to ensure they can continue their vital services supporting homeless young people.
Nightsafe Annual Sleep Out Event Friday 3rd December 2021
On 3rd December 2021, we will be holding a sleep-out to highlight the plight of homeless young people and raise much needed funds for Nightsafe’s Youth Homelessness Projects. The event will take place at Saint Silas Parish Church Grounds, Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 6PS from 8pm to 6am the following morning.
Cinquanta exhibition partners with Nightsafe
The 'Cinquanta' exhibition will partner with local youth homelessness charity Nightsafe to help raise funds for their new hostel in Darwen - giving a deeper purpose to this project and further demonstrating that C.P. Company understand the importance of giving something back.
Nightsafe Annual Sleep Out Event Announced For 2021
It has been confirmed that Friday 3rd December will be the date for Nightsafe's annual Sleep Out event. This event helps raise awareness to the plight of some of our young people on the street. Over the coming months, we will announce more details, but if you would like to participate or donate, please contact us through our Contact Page.
Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2021: Billy is our Health, fitness and wellbeing mentor
Billy is a qualified gym instructor and has volunteered with Nightsafe for three months. He has already engaged the young people in sessions on site, teaching Boxercise and fitness. Billy is looking forward to being able to take them out to the gym, going walking as well as teaching them life skills.
Volunteers – The life blood of Nightsafe for over 30 years
Volunteers have been the life blood of Nightsafe for over 30 years and they massively contribute to the work we do in supporting our young people.
Volunteers Week 1st – 7th June 2021
Volunteers week is special for us at Nightsafe. We have been supporting young homeless people for over 30 years and I’m reminded that people say ‘Time’ is the greatest gift you can give and Time is indeed what our Volunteers gift to us.
11 year old James, running 150K for Nightsafe
This isn’t the first time James has taken part in fundraising events for Nightsafe. Having listened to his friend BeBe talk about the charity and how it supports homeless young people as well as taking part in the Stonyhurst Sleep-In last year, James decided he wanted to create his own personal challenge to raise money for other young people who are not as fortunate as himself.
BIDS for limited edition Nightsafe Adidas trainers reached over £551
BIDS for limited edition Nightsafe Adidas trainers reached over £800 when they want under the hammer recently. In 2019, 160 pairs of the green and red ‘Blackburn’ Spezial trainers – colours which represent the red rose of Lancashire - went on sale at a special exhibition in Blackburn.
Crown Paints bring colour to Nightsafe’s night shelter
Crown Paints lent their support to Nightsafe - with a generous donation of paint and equipment as well as time towards our charity’s refurbishment of the emergency night shelter. The team of six volunteers from Crown, based in Darwen, joined a further six from Blackburn Round Table, giving up their time over the course of a weekend.
Kris runs 100 miles to help Nightsafe raise £100K
Kris Connolly is putting his best foot forward – after pledging to run 100 miles in October to raise money for Nightsafe, a youth homeless charity. After a long period without training, Kris, 30, the new Vice Captain of Typhoons RUFC, set himself the challenge to get himself ‘match fit’ and raise money for a worthy cause in the process.
Scouts give up their beds to raise cash for homeless charity
East Lancashire after taking part in Nightsafe’s Sleep In. Dave Mellor, Scout Leader, said the unit took part after being told about the Blackburn-based charity by Harry Lee – one of their members and Youth Ambassador for Nighsafe.
30 Miles for 30 Years – Completed
Nightsafe’s Wayne Bowman and Diane Page put their best foot forward on Saturday – walking 30 miles in celebration of the charity’s 30-year anniversary.
Sleep In for World Homeless Week
Sleep In for World Homeless Week - Next month, 5-11 October, marks World Homeless Week. More specifically, Saturday 10 October marks World Homeless Day – a day to show solidarity with homeless people and those who help them.
30 Miles for 30 Years – The 3 Towers Challenge Walk
A worker from charity Nightsafe is teaming up with a colleague on a 30-mile walk to raise funds to mark the organisations 30th Anniversary.
August totaliser update
We’d like to thank everyone who continues to donate towards our £100K challenge. Donations have continued to flow in – but we’re not there yet! Please please please continue to help us reach our target so we can continue to provide essential support to young homeless people across East Lancashire.
Hundreds of homeless helped with food during pandemic – thanks to Freemasons
Young homeless and vulnerable people from across Blackburn and Darwen will continue to receive food and other essential items thanks to a grant of £2,500 to the Nightsafe charity from East Lancashire Freemasons.
Cheers Christian and Mandy
Christian Davies and his wife Mandy have donated their weekly beer money to Nightsafe during lockdown. Christian would normally enjoying a few pints of Guinness at his local pub, the Millstone at Mellor – but lockdown has stood in the way of his regular evening plans.
June Update - Wow! What an incredible response we have had from the launch of our £100K appeal. Despite the difficult circumstances everyone is facing right now, people are being selfless and donating what they can.
Farleys Solicitors Kickstart Nightsafe’s Fundraising Appeal with £2,500 Donation
Farleys Solicitors Kickstart Nightsafe’s Fundraising Appeal with £2,500 Donation. The Blackburn headquartered law firm has stepped up once again to support the local community, making another donation through the firm’s charitable foundation the Farleys Foundation, to support a charity for young homeless people in the Blackburn area.
Here We Grow
Young people at Nightsafe have been developing green fingers during the lockdown period – as the charity launches its ‘Here We Grow’ project.
Sleep In for Nightsafe
Nightsafe is encouraging people to give up their comfy bed for the night to help raise funds to support homeless young people. On 30 May, the Blackburn-based charity will host their first Sleep In – inviting people to sleep anywhere except their own bed – what’s in in a tent in the garden, a sofa fortress in the lounge or even in the bath.
Nightsafe launch £100,000 donation appeal
Blackburn-based Nightsafe need to raise £100,000 in funding to make up the shortfall they face in 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Football’s Coming Home
We put a shout of out for the residents of our Cornfield Cliffe housing project on a Darwen Facebook group and we had footballs delivered within the hour!
Coronavirus Support – Our Community Is Amazing
The Coronavirus outbreak has affected us hard – both in terms of donations and fundraising. However, we are lucky to have such a kind and caring community who have rallied round to help us during this time of need.
Nightsafe COVID-19 Statement
As a local charity which provides support to vulnerable young people who are likely to be in the ‘at risk’ groups from the Covid-19 coronavirus, our priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of young people in our local community and that of our staff and volunteers. As such, in line with official guidance, we are now moving to the next stage of our response plan.
Prestige Beds helping those at Nightsafe sleep easier
Prestige Beds are helping those at Nightsafe sleep easier at night – by donating £10 from every Alma mattress sold to the charity.
Nightsafe Vlog January 2020
Listen To CEO Jan Larkin And Head Of Trustees Julie Thomas As They Look Back Over 2019 And Forward To Our 30th Anniversary Year.
The Big Sleep Out raises an incredible £29,000
Who would have though a night sleeping at St Silas Church, in the wind and the rain, would help to raise an incredible £29,000 for Nightsafe!
Tribute To Edna Arnold
The funeral of Edna Arnold, the former Tory councillor who founded Blackburn’s Nightsafe refuge for the homeless, has taken place at the town’s Cathedral.
CRE8 Project & Building Consultancy Shall Be Supporting Our Local Blackburn Based Charity Nightsafe
From this day forward, CRE8 Project & Building Consultancy (Chartered Building Surveyors) shall be supporting our local Blackburn based charity Nightsafe.
Edna Arnold, Founder Of Nightsafe, Dies Suddenly
It is with deep regret that we have heard of the sudden passing of our Founder and Life President Edna Arnold.
Live Magazines Business Hour 24-7-19
Jan Larkin, CEO of Blackburn-based Nightsafe, explains the work the charity does and how it transforms the lives of vulnerable young people.
Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team are heading to Blackburn
Property Renovation Show DIY SOS Is Coming To Blackburn With Darwen Later This Year To Take On An Ambitious Build To Benefit A Local Charity Which Offers Help To Vulnerable Young People Who Are Homeless, Or At Risk Of Becoming Homeless.
Crown Paints and Blackburn Round Table Bring Us Colour
Crown Paints and the Blackburn Round Table have brought some colour into the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the community - by repainting Platform 5.
Rhiannon Is Sky Diving For Nightsafe!
#NightsafeHero Rhiannon, who turns 16 in October, will be doing a skydive in aid of Nightsafe on the 19th of October, to raise much needed funds.
December 2018 Update
Pupils from Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School are helping vulnerable young people this winter by collecting donations for the homeless and the lonely.