Nightstop Volunteer Host

Nightstop provides emergency, overnight accommodation for young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness and have nowhere else to stay. Nightstop guests are placed in the homes of trained and vetted volunteer hosts who provide a safe and secure place for the guest to stay that evening. Nightstop are always looking for more volunteers to ensure the service can continue the our preventative work, as youth homelessness continues to rise in Greater Manchester. By offering a 16-25-year-old a roof over their head, you will play an important role, intervening at a pivotal time in a young person’s life. Your support for a few nights provides a safety net and helps to prevent long-term homelessness.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly
Availability:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

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Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Volunteers must be able to provide a bed for the night, a warm evening meal, somewhere to wash, a listening ear for the evening, and breakfast and a packed lunch the following day.

Volunteers can host as often as they want. Some volunteers host a few nights a week and other volunteers host a couple of times a month. The Nightstop service asks its hosts which nights they will be available and then checks to make sure the host is still free before making the arrangements for that evening. All volunteer hosts are reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses.

Nightstop guests will be provided with specialist support to find longer-term housing by our Nightstop Coordinators.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

You don’t need any specialist experience or qualifications to become a Nightstop host, and you will be given appropriate training.

All you need is a spare room in your home and a welcoming and supportive outlook. Our hosts come from all backgrounds but have one thing in common – the desire to help young homeless people in need.

Areas of Interest: Crisis Support, Homeless, LGBT, Mental Health, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Event, Groups, Home, Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, Short term commitment, University students, With friends
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Lending a helping hand, Providing advice, Support Work, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Counselling, Listening, Negotiating, Reasoning, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? Yes
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets, Area for assistance dogs nearby

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Nightstop - Depaul UK