Project information

Nightstop; youth emergency accommodation

Nightstop is a crucial project which delivers 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


    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


    » Emergency accomodation provided in the home of a volunteer host

    Young people are removed from the cycle of homelessness and supported to achieve independence

  • Impact


    Young people are supported to remain in education, employment or training helping to provide better prospects and additional opportunities for career growth.

    Typically we have 100% success in this area as demonstrated by an ongoing attendance at relevent educational establishments or work placements.


    The main risks relate to ensuring the safety of our volunteer hosts and our young people. Hosts are full inducted and trained and provided with a comprehensive mentoring service. Young people and hosts are subject to the disclosure and barring serrvice checks and we carry out rigorous risk assessments in order to ensure the safety of our hosts and young people.


    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: £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
    Evna Cornish Foundation £8,411 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. Typically 40% of the young people are aged 16 or 17 and up to 60% have mental health issues. Autism spectrum &/or ADHD, drug and alcohol are also common problems.

    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?

    SASH has been providing Nightstop for more than 22 years and has 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. 100% would reccomend the service to their friends.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Smith

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