Project information

Nightstop: young people's emergency accommodation

Nightstop is a project which delivers crucial emergency accommodation to young people, in order to prevent homelessness. We provide up to 14 nights accommodation in a volunteer's spare room and help them secure appropriate long-term homes, while also building independent life skills.

We are meeting an ongoing need

Charity information: SASH

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  • Need


    Homelessness and precarious living arrangements put individuals at risk of harm. Young people are particularly vulnerable. If their homelessness is not tackled quickly they are likely to drop out of education, employment or training, with severe implications for their long-term prospects.
    Preventing these young people from entering a cycle of unemployment and homelessness is our primary focus. Our ambition is that those we help never have to experience homelessness again.


    Nightstop provides a safe place to stay in an emergency. Accommodation is provided in an ordinary home environment, to help a young person through a period of crisis.
    We place them with a volunteer host as close as possible to their college or place of work, so that these aspects of their life are not impacted by their homelessness.
    Whilst in Nightstop, the young person is fully supported and we work with other agencies to ensure that they can move into safe, permanent accommodation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To prevent young people from becoming homeless.


    » By providing emergency accommodation in the home of a trained and supported volunteer host.

    What success will look like

    We monitor the success of our project by tracking where young people move to following their stay in Nightstop. Currently around 75 per cent move to safe, permanent accommodation.

  • Impact


    Typically 100 per cent of those we help remain in education, employment or training during their time in Nightstop.
    By supporting young people to remain in education, employment or training despite their homelessness we are minimising the impact that a period of crisis might have on their long-term prospects. We ensure that young people are not left to deal with their problems alone and that they get the support they need to get their life back on track and secure a positive future.


    The main risks relate to ensuring the safety of our volunteer hosts and of our young people.

    Hosts are fully inducted and all have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, and receive full training and ongoing support from a dedicated team member.

    Young people are thoroughly risk-assessed and are police-checked before being offered a Nightstop.

    Young people and hosts are provided with an out of hours contact number for any issues arising when the office is closed


    We provide reports to major funders in line with their needs.

    We also produce an annual review that details our activities and impacts.

    Headline impact statistics are published annually on our website, and we provide regular case studies to demonstrate the impact of Nightstop on individuals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,235

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,235 Expenses for Nightstop hosts Expenses of £18.50 per night are given to hosts to cover costs such as; food; heating & electricity

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Evan Cornish Foundation £8,411 Guaranteed
    Swire Foundation £3,800 Guaranteed
    Persula Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Nightstop covers the City of York; North Yorkshire; Hull & East Riding. Some of these areas have significantly high levels of deprivation, for example, the city of Hull, which has the third highest levels of deprivation amongst local authorities in the UK. Scarborough, Bridlington and some wards in York also face high deprivation. Meanwhile areas such as Harrogate, considered an affluent town, has significant levels of homelessness with Shelter estimating 139 homeless individuals in 2016.


    SASH works with young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing a crisis in their lives, resulting in homelessness. Typically 40% of the young people are aged 16 or 17 and up to 60% have mental health issues. Autism spectrum and / or ADHD and other learning disabilities.

    Our approach is particularly beneficial to the most vulnerable young people who benefit from a safe and supportive environment in a normal family home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing Nightstop for over 23 years and have developed a strong local network of supporters & volunteers as well as excellent links with other support agencies. Our track record of success is very high. In recent feedback, 80% of users said that the stay with their host had been good or excellent. 100% would recommend the service to their friends and typically 75% move on to permanent accommodation. For many young people this might be Supported Lodgings, our longer term project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Smith

    Laura recruits and trains our Nightstop hosts and coordinates the Nightstop Service in York.

    Steven Malcolm

    Steven takes referrals for Nightstop on a day-to-day basis, carrying out risk assessments on young people and arranging a suitable host.


Will cover volunteer host expenses for one night of emergency accommodation at Nightstop

“I was so happy to see a bed, that night I slept like an angel.”