With more young people than ever sleeping in unsafe places, would you offer your spare room to someone in need?
Nightstop is a service of Depaul UK, which provides safe emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16-25 in the homes of volunteer hosts. Nightstop has been going for over 20 years, with over 700 people already hosting young people in their spare rooms across the UK.
“You don’t have to be a trained social worker to help – often all it takes is a smile, a roof over their heads and a warm meal to turn someone’s life around.”
Sounds like a fantastic program right? However, I bet you are already questioning whether it’s safe? What kind of people will be stepping through your door? Can you help if you’re not a trained social worker?
These apprehensions and preconceptions were the catalyst for the Depaul street corners campaign created by Publicis London: thought-provoking posters plastered all over London aim to challenge people’s stereotypes of young homeless people and inspire them into action.
But there’s another side to the story…
Nancy, a teacher from Enfield who hosts with her husband and two young kids said, “In the beginning people may worry that they will get a stereotypical homeless youth battling with drug and drink come through the door. But, this is just not how it is. Young people who come to stay are always incredibly grateful and warm, and it is always a positive experience for me and my family.”
And most importantly, it is life changing to those in need…
Harry, 22 says, “Having a roof over my head and a warm welcome meant the world – it also meant I could get help with the right services, find somewhere permanent to live, get support and advice to get my life back on track. Nightstop was the start to all that and I can’t be more grateful.”
Nighstop is in desperate need of more volunteers. Anyone can do it, and full training and vetting is carried out to ensure everyone is safe. Check out Depaul Nightstop to find out more or text your postcode and Nightstop to 70660.