Project information

Nightstop; Emergency Accommodation

Nightstop is a crucial project which delivers emergency accommodation to young people who have been made homeless. We provide up to 14 nights accommodation in a volunteer's spare room and help them secure appropriate long-term homes for the future.

We are meeting an ongoing need

Charity information: SASH

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  • Need


    Common reasons for homelessness are relationship breakdowns. Sometimes they are fleeing abuse or violence. Homelessness & precarious living arrangements can put individuals at risk of harm, including; violence; sexual or financial exploitation. Here, many individuals disengage from education, employment or training. They can be subject to negative influences & engage in drugs, alcohol & crime with a grave danger of entering a cycle of unemployment & homelessness, with devastating consequences.


    Initially Nightstop provides emergency accommodation to vulnerable young people, ceasing a downward spiral into long term homelessness. 1-2-1 support is also given in order to secure relevant accommodation on a longer term basis, for some this might be their own place, for others a shared house. Young people are also supported to maintain education, employment or training & build independent living skills such as budgeting, personal care & cooking to live successful independent lives.

  • 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


    Nightstop covers; 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 & 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 (ages 16-25)who are experiencing a crisis in their lives, resulting in homelessness. Based on our experience over recent years typically 40% of the young people are aged 16 or 17. Typically up to 60% have mental health issues. Autism spectrum &/or ADHD, drug and alcohol are also common problems.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing Nightstop for more than 22 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, 80% 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.


    Laura Smith

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