Nightstop Devon works with homeless 16-25 year olds to protect them from the risks and impact on future life outcomes associated with rough sleeping. We provide same day emergency accommodation in the homes of trained and DBS checked volunteer hosts for 16-25 year olds, who would otherwise be sleeping rough or in a risky situation. We take referrals from local agencies centrally, carrying out checks to ensure the young person’s suitability for the scheme and setting up placements. We link in with other agencies and youth advice and support services to help the young person resolve the issues contributing to their homelessness and find permanent, appropriate and secure accommodation.
We do this because each year, hundreds of young people in Devon are at risk of homelessness. Youth homelessness causes or exacerbates social exclusion, poor physical health, unemployment, emotional distress and mental illness. Without safe accommodation, vulnerable young people either ‘sofa-surf’ with friends, remain in an unsafe home environment, or sleep rough, increasing their risk of harm from physical and sexual abuse, of becoming entrenched in the drug and alcohol street culture, and their risk of offending. With Nightstop, they have a safe place to stay, advice, support and linkage to local services – a chance to get their life back on track.