A safe night’s sleep and a warm welcome
If you have a connection with Brighton & Hove and are homeless (including sofa-surfing), worried about becoming homeless or rough-sleeping, we can help.
At Sussex Nightstop we set up short stays for young people aged 16-25 in the homes of volunteer hosts who are vetted and trained to provide a comfy place of respite to young people in need of emergency accommodation. They provide a warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, a private bedroom, breakfast and a packed lunch, with a listening ear if you feel like a chat, or space to yourself if you prefer. Our co-ordinators set everything up for you and connect you to the services you need, including the housing advisors who can help you find safe and suitable accommodation. We also have an on-call service if you need it.
“I’ve come such a long way since finding Nightstop. We have been on such an amazing journey together and I’ve had such a positive experience. Please thank the hosts for me, I really enjoyed making them some nice food. They are all so amazing, they have hearts the size of the ocean!”
What’s a Nightstop stay like?
In the words of young people who’ve stayed with us, the Nightstop experience is: consistent, helpful, humanising, supportive and positive.
“I received every kindness that I sought. Hosts always open the door with a massive smile. That is so key. Being warm, friendly, knowing your name and expecting you really helps to put you at ease. First impressions are really important.”
Our hosts are described as everything from really nice to amazing, and also welcoming, empathetic, kind, genuine, compassionate and open-minded.
“Connecting with them and feeling comfortable in their presence made me quickly feel they weren’t strangers anymore.
Hosts made me feel like I was supposed to be there”
Guests tell us that during and after their stay, they felt safe, happy, comfortable, relaxed, relieved and hopeful.
“My stay with Nightstop really helped a lot, gave me time to clear my head. A decent place to sleep takes a lot of the stress off your situation. It was nice that the people where really welcoming and made you feel really welcome.”
The #1 problem
Nightstop guests are often nervous about staying in a stranger’s home. But it’s short-lived. Our co-ordinators place guests with hosts they know they’ll get on with and all of them are experienced hosts who know how you’ll be feeling.
“I was apprehensive but it was fine once I got there. They were very welcoming and made me feel safe.”
“I felt really awkward at first, but was made to feel really welcome and after a while it was fine. The dog was an ice-breaker. All the hosts were really nice. Good food.”
Being nervous about that first meeting isn’t just for young people too. It’s a leap of faith for our hosts, but they put that aside and focus on being good hosts.
“Nightstop was amazing and unreal – people opening their homes to strangers, welcoming them and doing it because they are good people. …
I’d like to do it myself one day when I’m settled.”
We always ask guests for feedback and suggestions on how we can improve and the only one we’ve ever had is “get more hosts, so more people can benefit” which says a lot about what we do.
“Being made to feel welcome in a family environment was a beautiful feeling and really helped me.”
You can see host pics and videos on Instagram
How to access our service
We accept referrals from YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC) and Social Services (Children’s Services). We are not able to accept self-referrals.
If you are aged 16-25 years contact YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC)
YMCA YAC offers support and advice by phone, online and in their friendly housing drop-in sessions which run 9-12 weekdays at St George’s Place BN1 4GB.
Phone 01273 624 432 or email [email protected]
LGBTQ+ Young People
Sussex Nightstop works closely with our LGBTQ+ partners in the city. One quarter of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+ and we make every effort to be inclusive in all that we do. If you are a LGBTQ+ young person at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, please get in touch with a housing advisor at YAC (01273 624 432). You can also contact ALLSORTS who listen to, support & connect children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
You can find more information on LGBTQ+ services here.
If you are rough-sleeping
The Council opens a severe weather shelter in severly cold periods and when there is an amber weather warning. The Street Outreach Service directs people to the shelter from the streets. Find out more about how the shelter is run when it is open.
For local services during the pandemic, please see Streetsheet
There’s a central service directory that lists all homeless services in Brighton and Hove, called Street Support, where you can search for local services by postcode.
If you meet someone or are someone who is rough sleeping and in need of accommodation, please share the details with Streetlink, so the information is passed on to St. Mungo’s outreach workers.
If you meet someone rough sleeping, who is symptomatic and in need of immediate accommodation, please call 01273 294 400 (during office hours) and ask to be put through to the duty manager. Alternatively, call 01273 294 400 or 01273 295 555 (out of hours) with a request to speak with the duty Homeless Persons Officer.