Nightstop Volunteer Host
We invite ALL members of our caring and diverse community with a spare room to join our community response to homelessness.
Sussex Nightstop reaches young people at risk of homelessness before they have to sleep rough and are made vulnerable to the risks associated with street homelessness. Our Hosts (all genders, faiths, ethnicities and sexual identities) offer short-stays of a few nights to a few weeks to people referred to and assessed as suitable by our team. This 'safe' base allows guests to concentrate on finding a longer-term home.
Hosts provide a Nightstop guest with a private room, warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, breakfast and a listening ear or 'a bit of space’, whichever is required. They find the role incredibly rewarding, as the kind, warm welcome they offer makes a huge difference to young lives.
Our activities are all risk-assessed (incl Covid-19) and we offer full training, ongoing support (inc. 24 hour on-call) and payment of expenses.
You don't need any experience as we provide training. You just need a desire to support young people who are temporarily homeless and classed as 'low risk'. Our service co-ordinators are there to manage placements and hosts are there to provide a warm, welcoming home for short periods of time. Handy skills include:
- Good communication and listening skills.
- Commitment to safeguarding young people and adults and promoting their welfare.
- Commitment, patience and the ability to engage with a diverse group of people.
- No formal qualifications are required but experience with young and/or vulnerable people would be advantageous.
- Ability to be non-judgemental and treat all clients with sensitivity and respect, whatever their backgrounds, opinions, cultural and ethical beliefs.
- Involvement in a vital community project that helps to prevent homelessness in our city and has a positive impact on young people in housing crisis.
- The opportunity to meet a wide and diverse range of people and through this to broaden your life perspective through an increased understanding and knowledge of the issues facing vulnerable people.
- Access to comprehensive training, ongoing support and host expenses to cover costs of a guest stay.
We're looking for new hosts in and around Brighton and Hove. Please consider joining our fantastic team of volunteer hosts.
Each time you host a Nightstop guest you’ll need to:
- Liaise with the Coordinator to agree the practicalities of the hosting arrangement with guest
- Ensure that your Nightstop room and home is 'Nightstop ready'
- Provide a warm welcome
- Prepare an evening meal
- Communicate a time when your guest is expected to leave in the morning
- Provide laundry where possible
- Provide access to washing facilities
- Provide breakfast
- Prepare a packed lunch if required.
You’ll also need to be available for/provide:
- A commitment to initial host training as part of the recruitment process as well as refresher and ongoing training and yearly supervisions with a coordinator
- A brief check-in phone call with a coordinator every morning after a guest has stayed with you
- To present relevant ID and consent to a new DBS check every three years
- A yearly health and safety risk assessment at your home, carried out by a member of the Nightstop staff.
When do I need to be available?
|Typically our hosts offer short-stays of a few nights, but it really helps our COVID-19 safety standards when hosts who can offer longer 'consecutive-night' stays - ideally 4-7 nights in a row, up to a few weeks. Not only does this reduce movement between households but provides greater stability for guests. But whether you can offer 2, 7 or 15 nights please do get in touch with us so we can discuss the role in more detail. In order to meet the needs of guests, we require a consistent level of availability from our hosts and we agree this on a two-week ahead basis. We will ensure suitable breaks between guests both to mitigate risks of COVID-19 as well as to support volunteer wellbeing.
- Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Emergency Response
- Homeless and Housing
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender
- Mental Health
- Young People
- Supporting People and Befriending
Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
Health and Safety
Insurance Cover for Volunteers
Must satisfactorily complete an Enhanced DBS check Host homes should be in Brighton & Hove area or an access travel radius to the City
Suitable for 13 - 16 years
Suitable for 16 - 18 years
Suitable for a group of volunteers
Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
Adults 26 years and over
Support on Offer
This role is adaptable for different abilities