“I don’t think the volunteers realise how much of a positive impact they actually have.”
I’m 19. I was living at home. I work full-time, doing an apprenticeship, so it’s difficult to afford a private let.
There was a lot of stress with my dad and step-mother, partly because she is very ill. We had loads of arguments as a result. They were constant, over things that had built up over time.
It was made worse because I have a young daughter who would stay over sometimes. That made it even more overcrowded. She’s only one but she would pick up on the vibes and the arguments affected her as well.
All the stress built up, then there was a massive argument. I was threatened. I didn’t know what to do. I just knew I had to get out, but I felt awful, lost.
My friend helped but she has a partner and a baby so I couldn’t stay long.
When I first found out about Nightstop, I was really nervous. But the couple I stayed with couldn’t have been more welcoming. They didn’t question anything about my situation. They were just prepared to do this to help me get back on my feet. I was so relieved to be away from the problem.
Being in Nightstop meant I had time to sort things out, without worrying where I was going to stay at night. I can’t say enough about how important it was for me. Without Nightstop, I wouldn’t have had time to think, regroup, to make decisions.
I was lucky with work, they were quite flexible and I could do things during my breaks and so on. I finally managed to get a private tenancy. I get on really well with the landlord, I feel confident I can stay here for the long term.
I don’t think the volunteers realise how much of a positive impact they actually have. If it wasn’t for them, I would have been in a much lower place.
If I’d known about Nightstop before, I don’t think I would have put up with the situation for so long. I just didn’t see what choice I had. I think it’s really important more young people know about Nightstop, so they know the option is there and that help is available.