GLOUCESTERSHIRE Nightstop is hosting a series of events across the county, including in the Stroud area, to raise awareness about Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, which this year runs from Sunday, January 26, until Sunday, February 2.

A tent will be popping up in Stroud town centre on Saturday, February 1, to alert passers-by to the fact that some young people, when they find themselves with nowhere to stay, will often end up sleeping in a tent.

Gloucestershire Nightstop, an organisation which provides emergency overnight accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 25 who find themselves homeless, will step in such circumstances, when the weather becomes too cold, or when a young person feels it is time to find a longer term solution to their problems.

The charity offers a safe, warm place to stay temporarily and then also works with troubled individuals to help them find a more permanent place of residence.

On Sunday, February 2, a steel band concert in aid of the Nightstop will also be held in Nympsfield Village Hall from 7pm.

The event is being organised by one of the charity’s volunteer hosts, who runs several different steel bands.

For more information, contact the organiser Gill Holmes on 01453 860299.