Dorset Nightstop is a homelessness service which accommodates young people aged 16-25 in emergency situations by housing them in the homes of volunteers. The young people are referred to us through local authorities, council and other agencies when children and young people have presented themselves as homeless. We run police checks and other thorough assessments on the young people to ensure that they are suitable for the service. Our amazing volunteers then help these young people by providing them with a safe, private room for the night and warm meals, whilst Nightstop engages with other local agencies and providers to ensure that they have positive outcomes for accommodation after Nightstop.
Our objective is to accommodate all the suitable young people that are referred to us. To do this, we need hosts across BCP and Dorset to be available - some for one night every couple of months - and who have a spare room and a non-judgmental, empathetic nature to accommodate these young people and children. We provide ongoing training and support, and cover all expenses. We also pay for DBS and first aid training to ensure that our volunteers are fully equipped, knowledgable and skilled to provide a listening ear if needed, and be supportive and empathetic to the young people.