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Help a youngster get the best start in life by coming a Nightstop host
7:20am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Local
NIGHTSTOP in Redditch offers a unique service working with young people aged 16-25, families, local agencies, schools and youth organisations to reduce the number of young people at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Hosts are at the heart of the organisation, providing a caring and secure environment for young people to ensure they stay safe and off the streets.
A host provides a spare room and a willingness to share their home with a young person. Hosts can be families, couples or single people.
Jane, an emergency accommodation host for two years, said: “I think that it is particularly important for young people to get the best possible start in life and sometimes they need a hand in difficult circumstances. I have been very lucky in my life and I wanted to help others who are less fortunate.
“All the young people who have stayed with us have been polite and outgoing and it has been a pleasure to have them stay. We have also tried to involve them in activities that we are doing which they seem to enjoy.
“We only have a young person to stay with us when it is convenient for us and so it has not impacted at all on our day to day life, other than to give us a sense that hopefully we are helping someone.”
Emergency accommodation hosts are volunteers who provide accommodation on a night by night basis and will receive full training and ‘out of pocket’ expenses.
Supported lodgings hosts provide accommodation for periods of between four weeks minimum and nine months maximum. They receive full training and support and a weekly fee.
The charity is keen to recruit hosts not only from Redditch, but also from Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Alcester.
For more information, call Susan Sadler on 01527 66036 or email email@example.com.
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