Do you know a young person aged 16-25 in need of safe emergency accommodation?
Nightstop South Yorkshire is now ready to start taking referrals for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The Nightstop concept is simple - it prevents homelessness through community hosting.
Nightstop volunteers are ordinary people who are willing to open the door of their home to help people in need, or who offer their time to help local Nightstop services in other ways such as driving the guest to the volunteer hosts home. All volunteers are vetted and trained before commencing their volunteering role with a local Nightstop.
Nightstop in South Yorkshire is accredited by national lead Nightstop UK at Depaul UK. Nightstop UK are responsible for accrediting, supporting and developing all the Nightstop services in the UK, ensuring a high quality service for all people.
Nightstop South Yorkshire has been able to launch in 2016 due to funding from Players of the People’s lottery. The service is focusing on setting up in Sheffield initially, with a view to expand across South Yorkshire in the future
Nightstop offers free, safe, emergency accommodation for people that are in housing crisis or homeless aged 16-25 in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers, for one night at a time. The service aims to be an option for agencies, to directly prevent rough sleeping or prevent people sleeping in unsafe places.
Nightstop take referrals from a variety of agencies, both statutory and voluntary. In Sheffield this includes organisations such as Housing Solutions, Roundabout Homeless Prevention Centre, Sheffield College and many others.
- Nightstop does not offer day care. People must have somewhere safe to go during the day when they leave the volunteer’s home. Nightstop cannot cover volunteer expenses for this and volunteers are not supported / trained in the delivery of such a service.
- Long-term housing
Please note that we accept referrals from any agency that works with young people, both statutory and voluntary. We do ask that a member of the organisation to meet with one of the team and sign a referral agreement beforehand due to the nature of our service and to ensure the safety of our hosts and young people.
If you would like to find out more about Nightstop and how the referral process works and become a referral partner or would like one of the team to attend your team meeting please contact Amy Smith on the details below.
More information can also be found on our website: https://uk.depaulcharity.org/NightstopUK