No one chooses to be homeless, but you can choose to help in a real and meaningful way.
Nightstop UK has been keeping young people aged 16-25, who have experienced a homelessness crisis, safe for over 30 years. Simon Community Scotland are delighted to bring this initiative to Glasgow’s young people and need your help.
Nightstop aims to prevent youth homelessness through the creation of a local network of community hosts. Together we can keep young people safe. The initiative works with people who have a spare bedroom and a desire to open their homes and hearts to young people who are facing a homelessness crisis. Often these young people have nowhere else to go and this free service is a lifeline.
One night of rough sleeping or sleeping in an unsafe place can impact and create ripple effects throughout a young person’s life, potentially leading to a cycle of homelessness.
If you have a spare room, as little as one night a month free and the desire to help young people facing homelessness, then Nightstop needs you. As a host, you will go through a full recruitment and training process over several weeks, with plenty of time to ask any questions you may have and only when you are ready, will you begin hosting.
What It Means to Be a Host
Ways You Can Help
There are a variety of ways that you can support Nightstop as a volunteer. Below are the Nightstop volunteer roles that you can choose from. The role descriptions will help you find out more about the work we do, and what might be the best fit for you.
Our hosts vary in age, location, background, experience and more, however they all have one thing in common and that is a desire to help young people. In particular young people who are having a housing crisis and have no safe place to stay.
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Our hosts have a spare bedroom and make this available to us at least one night every month for a young person in need.
We provide the hosts with a selection of pyjamas, underwear, toiletries and anything else that the young person may need during their stay. The hosts will offer a hot meal, breakfast and a packed lunch if needed. The young person can have a bath / shower and can also make use of a washing machine if required. They also provide a listening ear if the young person needs that.
The most important thing the hosts offer though, is a safe space to sleep.
Chaperones play a vital role in the Nightstop project. Once a young person has been accepted into the project, and matched with a host, it is important that they are able to get to the host’s home.
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Our chaperones help with this by meeting the young person and taking them to the home on public transport. The chaperone also introduces the young person to the host and stays for a wee while until everyone is comfortable.
Nightstop Information Evenings
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Host, please come along to our dedicated information evening.
We are in need of amazing people who are prepared to open up their homes for a night or two to young people who are experiencing a housing crisis. This gives us time to help them find a more long term solution.
You can make a huge difference to the life of a young person by providing a warm welcome and a listening ear. If this is you, we would love to meet you.
UPCOMING INFORMATION EVENING
We don’t currently have any upcoming information evenings planned, but please check back with us later.
For More Information
- Please follow us on Facebook
- Ping us an email: Nightstop@simonscotland.org
- Give us a call: 0141 418 6990
- You can also look at our Nightstop Community Host Information Booklet (PDF).