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NSNO expands

December 10 2012
It‘s no longer a pilot, and it‘s being rolled out across the UK


Two-and-a-half years on and still thought of as being in its pilot phase, London’s No Second Night Out is an initiative that has been emulated across the country, able to boast a 60 per cent success rate for keeping people off the streets.

Just over a tenth – 12 per cent – have been seen back on the streets subsequently. This is on the back of an overall increase in the use of the service, particularly from non-UK nationals, which now make up 56 per cent of total users. A total of 1,500 people have gone through NSNO assessment centres.

Petra Salva, the organisation’s director, said: “We’re really struggling in terms of numbers, as so many people are coming through our doors, but I’d rather act as quickly and urgently as possible than have people being on the streets. We’re doing everything we can to help.”

On the back of its success so far the government has rolled out the principles of the project across the country.

Because each community has its own specific needs, and No Second Night Out itself is still constantly developing.

Two of the first places to develop alternative approaches were Manchester and Liverpool; both similar in numbers, but with different issues. The helpline number to reach No Second Night Out is 0870 3833333.