Host stories

Zena and Gerald

“We can’t even imagine our sons coping like some of these young people have done, in that situation.” We’ve been hosting for about nine months. …

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Guy and Ruth

This is about normal kids who for whatever reason have found themselves without a bed for the night. “When we first heard about SASH, all our children were at home and our house was full. But they’re at university stage now, and we’ve got a spare room so becoming a …

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Adrienne

I’ve been the recipient of being taken into a home as a stranger when I needed help, so I know the difference it can make. …

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Gill

She was petrified, because she was coming to live with a stranger I’d thought about fostering previously, but it felt like a step too far. Then I saw a police documentary, there was …

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"We have two daughters of our own, and we thought if anything had happened to them, we’d have liked someone to take them in."

David

There’s a lot of young people who have nowhere to go, and it’s just heartbreaking I started offering Nightstop in July last year. I did …

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Jess

I first heard about SASH when I was 16. I’d left home after falling out with my parents and a Connexions worker at college told …

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Denise and Brian

Denise and Brian live in Selby have been SASH hosts since 2013. We moved in to this house two years ago and it had a spare bedroom, and I wanted it to be for someone to sleep in, not just get filled up with junk! Some time later I saw …

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"I think the best thing I’ve learnt through hosting is that all these young people are just fantastic people. It’s restored my faith in humanity."

Rachel

I’ve been hosting for just under three years. It’s really good, but it does feel like it’s getting more challenging.  I think it’s because the young people have got more complex needs, and …

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Sue

I started hosting about four years ago. I’ve had about 13 girls come to stay I think. I first heard about SASH via a friend in Richmond. We were talking about teenagers and their problems and he said SASH needed volunteers.  When I heard about it I thought this was …

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Jo

I’ve been a SASH host about four years. I love it. I first heard about it through a friend. She was fostering and we wanted to do the same, but we were told that one of us would have to stay at home and I love my job. So my …

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