How long has SASH been going?
Back in 1994 a group of parents in York heard about the first ever Nightstop project, which had been set up in Leeds.
It made them think: “If our child was in trouble, would we want them to be homeless in the streets with nowhere to go?”
The answer, of course, was no. And so York Nightstop was born. Just a handful of volunteers in York offering overnight accommodation for young people in a crisis. In that year, they offered 39 nights of accommodation to young people who had nowhere to go.
Since then, we have grown considerably in terms of geographical coverage, in the services that we offer and in the number of young people that we help.
We changed our name to Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) in 2009 to reflect these changes.
What has not changed is our mission. We provide vulnerable young people with a lasting solution to the problems that have led them to become homeless, all thanks to a network of amazing volunteers who provide a spare room and time to help.