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Bradford Nightstop film to be shown at National Media Museum
7:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
Young people’s experiences of being homeless in Bradford will make it to the big screen at a special film showing in the city today.
Bradford Nightstop’s movie premiere of Opening Doors will be showing at The National Media Museum at 4pm.
It is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the charity that has now been helping young people to get a bed for the night for 20 years.
In the last decade the charity has offered more than 4,000 bed spaces to people aged 18 to 25.
In the past five years it has worked with 16,000 students in secondary schools and colleges in a bid to prevent them from needing Nighstop’s help – or if they do, making sure they know where to find it.
There are 57 volunteers in the district so far this year, which has been a busy time for the charity. In one month alone the demand peaked to more than 80 referrals. Some financial support for its work comes from the Lottery and Bradford Council Funding Unit.
The film at Pictureville will be a 30-minute combination of five short films made this year by film maker Thomas McIntosh about Nightstop and made possible with a grant from the Hilton in the Community Foundation.
The footage includes hard-hitting interviews with young people who have recently been homeless in the city and volunteers who have openend their homes to help them and others.
Personal stories include a teenage girl who slept rough in Centenary Square and a young man who returned from the army sleeping under a bridge in freezing conditions until Nightstop stepped in.
The former soldier is now following his ambition to work with other young people in outdoor adventure.
Bradford Nightstop chairman Sinead Garry said: “With the support of the Hilton Foundation, the National Media Museum and the Hilton Bradford, we have the opportunity to allow people to look inside Bradford Nightstop and see the amazing work being delivered every day by our volunteers and staff.
“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our work, particularly that of educating young people about homelessness and we’re very grateful to everyone who shared their stories.”
News of Nightstop’s film launch has attracted more than 27,000 followers on Twitter. Soon the film will be available on its own website at bradfordnightstop.org.uk Copies of the film on disc are going to be included as a resource in packs for schools and be given to people interested in supporting its work.