In October 2011 we moved from the Fusebox to the Boulevard Buildings – our current office and Night Shelter provision – within the local Community CVS property.
Staff and trustees took the opportunity to move forward and this move gave us updated provision, better shelter facilities and enabled us to sell the original shelter and use the funds to improve and expand our services.
The shelter was named Platform 5 by the young people because it is next to the train station.
Nightsafe’s emergency night shelter offers young homeless people aged 16 to 24 years old nine nights of emergency accommodation, and is open 365 days of the year.
The Shelter can accommodate 5 young people each night and provides bed, breakfast, evening meal plus washing facilities and support from 2 staff who help create a warm welcoming atmosphere. All young people receive resettlement advice to help find more permanent accommodation.
Nightsafe’s activity-based day centre, Platform 5, is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. The Centre is open each weekday to all young people who are homeless or living in unsettled accommodation and need support to regain a stake in the community.
The Day Centre offers basic facilities laundry, shower, storage, lunch and delivers a range of life skills and health workshops. These include cook & eat, drug and alcohol awareness, healthy life styles etc.
We still retain elements of the original offices and the creative work that characterised the Fusebox and above all we carried with us the drive and ethos of Nightsafe to keep an open door, offer the support needed practically and emotionally to assist our young people.