Open Homes Nottingham

Nottingham Nightstop & Supported Lodgings

Nottingham Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people (aged 16-25) in the welcoming homes of volunteer host families night-by-night, preventing the risk of them sleeping rough or staying in inappropriate places. Supported Lodgings provides longer placements in hosts' homes.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1110176)

Campaign target

£12,000

Amount raised

£12,070

Donations

40

Championed by Four Acre Trust

  • I felt really welcome and safe even though I had never met these people in my life.

    — Young Person

  • We get the pleasure of knowing that we have done something good for someone. Everyone who comes through the door has had some benefit, even if it’s just a bed and a meal for the night. It’s knowing you’ve saved them from being at risk for two or three nights.

    — Volunteer Host

Situation

Due to the recent austerity measures and new benefits, it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to find appropriate accommodation if they become homeless. It is very hard to find accommodation on the same day and there is often a gap where they are at risk of sleeping rough or staying in situations where they may be exposed to unhelpful activities, such as drug and alcohol misuse. For those who are keen to work, the option of staying in a hostel is not open to them.

Solution

Nottingham Nightstop provides the safety net of emergency accommodation at the point of need, preventing the young person from sleeping rough or needing to stay in inappropriate accommodation. Not only does it provide a roof over their head, but it also provides a friendly host to support them during their overnight stay. Supported Lodgings is able to provide a longer stay for the young person, giving them the opportunity to find work or education and to explore all their accommodation options.