Nightstop - our emergency accommodation service.
Nightstop is for young people who have nowhere safe to stay tonight.
We can arrange a stay in as little as two hours.
In Nightstop, our hosts give young people a bed for the night in their own room. They provide a hot meal, a shower, maybe a chance wash their clothes. If the young person wants, the host is there for them to talk to. Or they can just stay in their room – it’s up to them.
Those who need Nightstop are referred to us by Local Authorities and other agencies. We carry out a Police National Computer (PNC) check and do a risk assessment for each young person so we know that they are safe to place.
We find a host in the area that the young person is from, so they can continue to get to college or work – staying in education or employment despite homelessness is really important in preventing things from getting worse.
We arrange the travel. Normally the young person will have to get a bus or train and we provide the money for the fare. They also have a number they can call us on in case they are worried or get lost. In the evening we call the host to check they have arrived safely. The host has a 24 hour contact number for us, should they have any concerns.
The next day, the young person returns to the agency that referred them. We call the host to check how things went. We continue to work with the referrer night by night until the young person has somewhere permanent to stay. This might be a private let, a return home, Local Authority housing or our Supported Lodgings service.
“I was so happy to see a bed, that night I slept like an angel.”
Last year we took 301 referrals for Nightstop and arranged 1,457 nights of safe accommodation for young people who had nowhere else to go. All thanks to our volunteer hosts.
Could you be a host?
If you have a spare room and want to help young homeless people, you could be a host. We provide full training, support and payments for hosting.