We’re looking for the generous people of Glasgow to open their homes and hearts to vulnerable young people at risk by providing a bed for a night or two. As part of our campaign, we are profiling some of the guests and their hosts, to find out what Nightstop Glasgow means to them. We kick-off with Jamie Hughes…
Jamie Hughes (18) used Nightstop in February 2018 after he was kicked out of his family home where he lived with his mum and younger brother.
He’d been arguing a lot with his brother, and due to his mum’s poor health, she felt that she could no longer cope with Jamie living at home with them.
Unusually Jamie stayed with the same Nightstop host for five nights, then he was transferred by Simon Community to a hostel until they could find more permanent housing for him.
Jamie, who is currently undergoing hormone therapy treatment to transition from female to male, said: “Usually you just stay with a host for three nights, so I was very lucky to be with the same person for all five nights.
“When someone from the Simon Community told me about Nightstop scheme I was very suspicious at first.
“It all sounded a bit sketchy, but I’m so glad that I did it now.
“Without Nightstop I don’t know really where I would have ended up.
“I could have easily been forced to sleep on the streets.
“The Simon Community has really helped me by providing me with somewhere to live from the start.
“I’d encourage anyone else who ends up homeless to keep an open mind about Nightstop and to relax – it will all work out just fine.
“The Nightstop team really look after you and the hosts make you feel very welcome.”
Jamie now lives in longer-term shared accommodation in the south side of Glasgow with one other person, which was arranged through another Simon Community housing scheme.
He’s currently studying Care at college and his passion is youth work because he wants to help other young people who find themselves in difficult life situations.
Deacon Blue singer Lorraine McIntosh is to host a no-obligation Nightstop Information Evening for people who are interested in finding out more about becoming a Nightstop host. It will take place on 24 October 2019. If you would like to attend please register via simonscotland.org/nightstopvolunteer.