Volunteer Driver/Chaperone

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. If you would like to volunteer for Nightstop but do not have the capacity to host a young person in your home, you can volunteer to be a driver or chaperone, ensuring a young person gets from A to B in a safe and supportive environment. For many of the young people in our service, this is their first time encountering homelessness and it is a scary and unexpected experience. By supporting a young person to and from their Nightstop placement, you are ensuring that they do not have to go through this alone.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Volunteers will be required to transport or chaperone vulnerable young people to and from Nightstop volunteer's homes, providing a listening ear and helping that young person feel safe and comfortable during what is often a scary experience.

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.

Requirements: Own vehicle required, Driving license
Skill and Qualifications Required:

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

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

To be a volunteer driver, you must have a full UK driving license, be fully business insured and have passed your recent MOT. All Nightstop volunteers will also be DBS checked.

Areas of Interest: Crisis Support, Homeless, LGBT, Mental Health, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Long term commitment, Older people, Outdoor, People seeking work, Short term commitment
What activities will the volunteer do? Driving, Escorting, Lending a helping hand, Providing advice, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Negotiating, Outdoor work, Reasoning, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
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