Gloucestershire Nightstop is a charity offering emergency accommodation in people's homes; the hosts are local people in Gloucestershire who invite you to stay a night with them. Nightstop hosts ...
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SummaryBy opening their homes to a young person, our hosts provide safety in a time of crisis.
WHAT HOSTING INVOLVES
A host will provide a spare room with a bed for the young person to use, the opportunity to have a bath or shower, use of the laundry facilities, an evening meal and breakfast the next day.
A young person will generally arrive in the early evening, and leave the next morning around breakfast time. Arrival and departure times are arranged to fit around your schedule. A Nightstop stay can be just one night, though many of our more experienced hosts are happy to take longer placements.
The time commitment is flexible. As a volunteer host you can choose when and how often you are available for hosting. Our hosts are able to make Nightstop fit around their normal lives, whether that means periods working away, children coming home from university, or just needing some time to themselves.
If you decide to host with us we will provide you with training, 24-hour support and cover your expenses.
Our volunteers are a mixture of couples, single adults, single parents and families with children still at home. Some volunteers own their own home, some rent, some have pets, some are working, while others are retired. Hosting is open to all shapes of household.
Our hosts are ordinary people who live in Gloucestershire and want to make a positive difference in their community. There is no particular background or experience necessary to be a host. What all our volunteers have in common is an interest in helping young people.
We aim to have a good spread of hosting households around the county, and are particularly keen to hear from potential hosts who live in Tewkesbury or Cheltenham.
HOW IT WORKS
· Volunteers apply to become a host, and are visited, supported and trained to become a Nightstop host.
· Volunteers choose which evenings they would like to host, on a
completely flexible basis.
· All young people staying with you are assessed and checked
before we arrange any placements.
· Hosts provide an evening meal, a private room and somewhere for guests to wash.