A GROUP supporting homeless young people in Dorset has been given a £3,000 cash boost by Magna housing.

Nightstop Dorset, part of the Action for Children charity, has been given the money by Magna Housing Association to support homeless young people in the area.

Nightstop Dorset provides emergency accommodation for young people aged 16 to 25 at immediate risk of homelessness. The Nightstop scheme recruits and trains volunteers across Dorset so they can open their homes on a short-term basis to provide accommodation, food and emotional support.

Magna’s donation came from its community initiative fund, which awards funding to community projects.

Kevin Mounce, project co-ordinator at Dorset Nightstop, said: “It’s imperative that this life-saving service remains in place, as the young people we support literally have nowhere else to go and would be on the streets if Nightstop ceased to exist.

“Young people arrive on our doorstep with carrier bags full of clothes and toiletries, others arrive with nothing. Thanks to Magna’s support, we can not only continue this service, but the donation allows us to treat the young people we support as individuals and react to their own circumstances.”