#SleepSafe – A Sussex Nightstop campaign:
Recognising 10 years of supporting young people at risk of homelessness
We are Sussex Nightstop, a local charity, and we are writing to you today to let you know all about our 10-year anniversary and the launch of our #SleepSafe campaign.
Sussex Nightstop supports young people at risk of homelessness in Sussex and we are marking our 10-year anniversary this year by launching our ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign to highlight our work and look for wider support and funding. Our service provides a safety net for vulnerable young people (aged 16-25 years old) by matching them with volunteer hosts. Our volunteer hosts let the young person stay in their spare room, on a night-by-night basis, until their housing problems are resolved. Our service gives the young person a safe space, so they don’t risk spiralling into long-term homelessness or rough sleeping.
The problem of homelessness is often hidden. Research points to as many as one in five young people finding themselves in the unpredictable and often risky situation of sofa-surfing and of these, roughly half will have sofa-surfed for more than a month. This is not a stable base from which young people can address their situation. Fortunately, Sussex Nightstop and our team of volunteer hosts are here to help; but as the problem increases, we need more support.
The ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign is urging people to help alleviate the problem of youth homelessness by supporting our work. We want to raise £10,000 to develop and deliver our services so that Sussex Nightstop can ensure a safe bed is available on every night of the week.
To be able to achieve this, we are asking businesses in Sussex to donate whatever they can to our campaign via our website.
Our work has already had very tangible results since the project began 10-years ago. For instance:
- We have matched 3000 bed nights to 345 young people
- We have trained and supported over 70 households since the project began
- 90% of young people using the Sussex Nightstop service go on to secure safer, more suitable housing
You can also read some case studies on our website to find out more about the young people we help and our volunteer hosts.
We hope that you have enjoyed hearing about our charity. If you are interested in hearing more, or supporting our work, we’d love to start a conversation, so please email me directly at [email protected].
Here’s how you can help
Follow us on twitter: @sussexnighstop
Like our facebook page: Sussex Nightstop
- £200 could go towards paying for client travel to host’s houses
- £500 could help recruit, train and equip our hosts with what they need
- £1,000 could help support our hosts in their unique and special role
- Make us your charity of the year
- Introduce payroll giving
- Make it fun (and competitive!)
- Hold a Quiz Night and charge for entry
- Hold a bake sale (people love cake!)
- Have a cheese afternoon with tasting notes
- Have a team challenge (who can raise the most money?)
- Fancy Dress Days
- Sponsor a particular Sussex Nightstop activity
Spread the word:
- Retweet our posts
- Share our Facebook posts
- Tell your contacts about us
- If you have links to the media – tell them about us
Share your space:
We are always looking for space for our training. Do you have a room that we could use?
“Nightstop saved my life, you gave me hope and helped me feel normal again”. Ben
Ben had very little support from his mum when events in his life meant that he kept spiralling out of control after periods of relative stability. A friend died, Ben lost his job and he split from his girlfriend. After having been in a homelessness situation in the past, he found himself there again. Sussex Nightstop, and our close partners, were worried about Ben and his mental health. He seemed broken, to be in this position again. We were concerned about his risk of suicide, so a suicide intervention was put in place for Ben and he was supported by Nightstop.
Ben formed close bonds with our hosts, securing some part-time work and getting accepted onto a local programme. Through this he secured accommodation. It was only because Nightstop was there to offer crucial support when it was needed that Ben could find the future he deserved.
Our phone numbers:
Director 07887 492 927
Service Coordinators 07500 770 996
General and volunteer enquiries 07788 318 905
Our website: www.sussexnightstop.org.uk
Sussex Nightstop is a charity and company limited by guarantee based at 11 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB
Charity number: 1132386
Company number: 6822217
Our work is directed by a Board of skilled, experienced and committed Trustees;
- Dr Ceri Davies-Tyrie (Chair)
- Dr Mark Price (Vice Chair)
- John O’Sullivan (Treasurer)
- Philippa Thompson
- Pete Wileman
- Chris Storey
- David Broadus
Delivered by a skilled, experienced and committed staff team;
– Alison Marino (Director)
– Sian Bolton (Young Person Coordinator)
– Emily Clarke (Support Worker)
And made possible through a team of caring, compassionate and committed volunteers.
Name and photo changed to protect identity