11 January 2021

Individuals who would otherwise be sleeping rough are being given refuge from the cold and Covid-19 at a countryside adventure centre after multiple agencies have collaborated.

Mount Cook, near Matlock, is usually open for young people and groups to take part in activities designed to broaden horizons and develop key skills.

Because of the pandemic, its activities have been put on hold, so it will be running the No Second Night Out programme – utilising its empty 35 single-bed rooms to house rough sleepers until March 15, with the option to extend to March 31.

The Mount Cook centre will follow the Government’s strict social distancing and self-isolation rules to ensure the safety of all that stay during this time.

YMCA Derbyshire is supporting the programme by acting as landlord and managing tenancy agreements.

Rough sleepers will be referred to the programme through Derbyshire borough and Derby City Mission will be providing support staff.

Gillian Sewell, CEO of YMCA Derbyshire said: “

Gillian Sewell, CEO of YMCA Derbyshire said: “It’s great to be teaming up with like-minded organisations including Derby City Mission, Derby Borough Councils, P3 charity, housing options teams, drug and alcohol services and Pathways of Chesterfield to provide warmth, food and safety to those who find themselves without a place to live.

“We’ve had a brilliant relationship with Mount Cook Adventure Centre for several years now and our young people have really benefited from their activities. We are so grateful that they are contributing towards homelessness provision in our county.”