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Nightstop Hosts

Become a Nightstop Host to change a young person’s life.

“It’s a way of helping close to home. I think it’s easy to forget that people in our own communities can need a bit of a lift from time to time. From my experience it is such a small small thing, and such minimal effort on my part, for such a huge benefit for them. They’re always nice and appreciative it’s good to have them about. I think it just gives them a bit of space to take stock and plan their next step, and to think about what they might want out of their futures.”
Sally, Nightstop Host

A Nightstop Host is a person who is able to offer a safe, supportive environment in their home on a temporary basis, providing a young person with sole use of a bedroom, wash facilities, an evening meal and breakfast.

We will consult with you and take your needs into account when placing a young person in your home. We will ask you your availability each month for the nights you are able to host, though there is no obligation.

 

Hosts are volunteers and are able to receive payment for expenses incurred, which can be up to £15 per night. We give hosts an information pack, training and induction which supports them in preparing for a young person’s stay and we offer out of hours support for our hosts.

Hosts offer an incredible service to young people in Somerset and can be an integral part of a young vulnerable person’s journey into independence.

Read what our Nightstop hosts and young people have to say

About the young people our hosts support

The most common cause of homelessness for a young person is family breakdown. In these cases a stay with you gives us some time to arrange mediation between family members, or where a young person cannot return home, we arrange an alternative, more permanent place to stay. A little space to themselves allows them to work with us to plan for their own independent futures. Young People become homeless for a variety of reasons and we want to be able to offer them a safe, supportive place to stay on the day they become homeless.

We see the difference this makes to young people but please, have a look here to hear what other hosts are saying.

So, if you have a spare room that you can offer to a young person for a night or two, and think you might be interested in becoming a Nightstop Host please contact us for an information pack or informal chat.

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