Project information

Nightstop Emergency Accommodation

Safe and Sound Homes supports young people in York and North Yorkshire who are homeless, or potentially homeless, by providing a safe place to live.

we are meeting an ongoing need

Charity information: Safe and Sound Homes

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  • Need


    When young people leave home or run away usually it is a move which is not planned. At this point they are vulnerable and impressionable and where they end up can have life long implications on their patterns of behaviour, and can influence their propensity to become involved in crime, with drugs and anti social behaviour.
    At Safe and Sound Homes we recognise that this transition is crucial so we work to avoid young people becoming homeless or being placed in inappropriate accommodation.


    Short term accommodation is arranged for a young person if a personal or family crisis results in them having no home to go to. This is sometimes known as ‘Nightstopping’. This time enables all parties to explore more sustainable options, which might sometimes be a return home once mediation work with the family or carer has been undertaken.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To prevent young people from becoming homeless


    » The young person is placed with a host who works with us to act as a positive role model and provide a level of support determined by individual needs

    Young people at risk of becoming homeless are removed from the cycle of homelessness and enabled to acheive independence

  • Impact


    By taking providing young people at risk of becoming homeless with safe accommodation and through the support and mentoring of our hosts, we are able to keep young people from the cycle of homelessness. Young people are supported to remain in education or employment and are helped with their longer term housing needs. Wherever possible we also help to repair family relationships through mediation. Our work succeeds when young people achieve independent living or return to their family or partner


    The main risks relate to ensuring the safety of our volunteer hosts and our young people. Hosts are trained and subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks and we carry out rigorous risk assessments on young people who are referred to us including police checks in order to ensure the safety of our hosts.


    We provide reports to major funders in line with their needs. We also produce an annual review that details our activities and impacts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £137,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £87,000 staff costs project staff costs
      £15,000 volunteer costs cost of volunteer hosts
      £35,000 support costs administrative costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hilton in the Community £9,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith Charity £12,000 Guaranteed
    City of York Council £38,000 Guaranteed
    North Yorkshire County Council £62,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We work in York and North Yorkshire


    There are two categories of direct beneficiaries, young people who access our services and volunteer hosts who receive our support to enable them to contribute to their community. The whole community also benefits through reduced risk of young people becoming homeless with the attendant risks of increased crime and anti social behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing Nightstop for more than 15 years and have developed a strong local network of supporters and volunteer hosts as well as excellent links with other local support agencies. Our track record of success is very high and in recent feedback, from young people using Nightstop, 100% of users said that they had thought the stay with their host had been good or excellent.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tracey Ward

    Tracey recruits and trains our hosts and coordinates the Nightstop Service in North Yorkshire

    Adele Coupe

    Adele recruits and trains our hosts and coordinates the Nightstop Service in York