Youth Concern (Aylesbury) is expanding Aylesbury Nightstop, an emergency accommodation scheme for young people (16-25yrs) facing a homeless crisis.
Our support workers work closely with the young person to identify safe follow-on accommodation & support re health, benefits, education & employment
December 2014 - November 2015
Youth Concern (Aylesbury)
Youth Homelessness is on the rise nationally, Recent statistics show that a quarter of all homeless people are between the ages of 16-25. Sofa surfing and rough sleeping are risky to both physical and mental health. We aim to prevent homelessness for young people in the Vale of Aylesbury.
Expanding Aylesbury Nightstop will provide a safe place for young people to stay who are facing a homeless crisis. A host family will offer a room in their home for the young person for up to 3 weeks. Our team will then work closely with the young people to identify longer-term housing. In addition, staff will offer holistic support to help the young people access benefits, health services, education, training and employment opportunities, thereby improving young peoples' chances of stability.
To provide emergency accommodation for young people aged 16-25 yrs old, facing a homeless crisis
Activities» Aylesbury Nightstop will provide young people with a safe place to stay in a host family
We will aim to find emergency accommodation solutions for 80% of the referrals we receive
Providing an immediate solution to a young person's homeless crisis will prevent the need for rough sleeping or sofa surfing. This in turn will prevent a decline in physical and mental wellbeing. In addition, our team will strive to identify longer term accommodation options for the young person therefore bringing about longer term benefits in terms of stability and well being. This will be demonstrated by client testimonials and case studies.
a) A lack of volunteer hosts: We are organising a recruitment campaign involving our known contacts and local media.
b) A lack of funds/staffing: We are submitting a range of local and national funding bids to ensure the project survives
c) Safeguarding: risk to clients are minimised by rigorous selection process of hosts including DBS checks; risk to hosts are minimised by rigorous assessment process and Sharing information agreements with partners
We will report to donors by circulating a mid-way report and an end of year report focussing on young peoples' "stories" as well as statistics, developments and case studies. Donors will also be invited to come and visit the project and meet with a host and young person.
Budget - Project Cost: £1,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £250 Volunteer training Delivering one volunteer induction course £750 Homeless support 1:1 support packages/accommmodation for 3 young homeless people
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount anonymous £250 Guaranteed
Aylesbury Nightstop provides an emergency accommodation provision for all young people in Aylesbury Vale. Our office and Drop-in Centre is based in Aylesbury. Young people will be housed at volunteer hosts homes in the Aylesbury area. Support packages will be provided from our Drop-in Centre. Aylesbury has 4 wards in the bottom 10% of the IMD. (deprivation index).
Some of the most vulnerable young people in Aylesbury Vale will benefit from this project i.e. 16-25yr olds facing a homeless crisis. In addition, families in crisis will benefit from support we provide in terms of mediation and conflict resolution. Local voluntary and statuotory organsations will benefit as we will be working intensively with their clients and making referrals to specialist organisations where appropriate. Society as a whole will benefit from a reduction in youth homelessness
We have successfully delivered outcomes for "at risk" youth in Aylesbury Vale for the past 35 years and have completed an 18 month pilot of Aylesbury Nightstop which evidenced both need and the success of the project. We have established close partnership working agreements with local organisations including the District Council, JobCentre Plus, Local Mental Health and Drugs Services. We have the skills and commitment amongst the team to deliver the project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
CEO/ Nightstop Co-ordinator- she will manage the project including recruitment, monitoring, systems, staff supervision and host relations.
P/T Nightstop Youth Worker- he will conduct young person assessments, identify housing options, manage Nightstop placements, lead on follow-up support
Volunteer host- she will continue to offer accommodation to young people as well as being central to our recruitment campaign, talking to new hosts
Will pay for 2 nights housing, food, & support
Nightstop helped me get housing when I was homeless and had nowhere to go. The staff helped me keep my head up when times were bad and gave me food.