No Second Night Out Greater Manchester and Street Buddies. An Evaluation for Riverside
- Publisher: University of Salford
No Second Night Out Greater Manchester (NSNO GM) was set up in 2012 as part of a nationwide response to the Coalition Government's Strategy to end rough sleeping. NSNO GM works to prevent rough sleeping by targeting support at people who are new to rough sleeping. The NSNO GM outreach team – based with Riverside - assesses the needs of new rough sleepers and links them to emergency accommodation. In addition to NSNO GM, Riverside also run a peer mentoring service called Street Buddies, which focuses on entrenched rough sleepers with more complex needs, who are not appropriate for the NSNO support. Together, these two services provide a range of support to homeless individuals across Greater Manchester. In October 2013, Riverside commissioned the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford to carry out a rapid evaluation of NSNO GM and the Street Buddies peer mentoring service. The evaluation was undertaken by reviewing the following data sources: Existing secondary data relating to NSNO GM; Interviews with eight key stakeholders; and Interviews with 13 service users. The fieldwork took place over a four week period between December 2013 and January 2014. The report outlines some of the key findings drawing upon the issues central to the experience of service users and service providers of NSNO and Street Buddies.
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