Seeking Trustees

We believe in the power of collaboration. With your skills, knowledge and commitment you can help us grow an inclusive Board team with a diverse set of assets and experience, best placed to make a real difference to the lives of young people experiencing homelessness.

Sussex Nightstop is a registered charity that through kindness and community action prevents young people at risk of homelessness from facing the terrible risks of rough-sleeping.

“I felt fully supported and safe. The whole experience was made super easy and comforting. When I thought everything was falling apart they gave me stability’’

Our vision is a society where everyone has access to a secure and sustainable home and the opportunity to sleep safe every night. We bring together volunteer hosts who can offer a safe welcoming home with young people facing homelessness who need a safe place to stay, whilst also connecting them into services to assist them in achieving a longer-term home.

One of over 30 Nightstop operations across the country, we are quality accredited by national youth homelessness Charity DePaul UK and we place high value on delivering a safe, high-quality and life-changing experience for both our young guests and our volunteers, without whom Sussex Nightstop would not exist.

Help us reach our potential
We see Trustee recruitment as a real opportunity to expand the thinking, skills and life experience behind our service.

In the last year, 60% of our guests who stayed with Sussex Nightstop were young people of colour. A Board that reflects the diversity of young people using our service has the greatest potential of meeting those needs and we warmly welcome applicants who can help us achieve that potential. You can see our current team and board members here and click on each person to find out what they do and what drew them to Sussex Nightstop.

We aim to be recognised and valued as an inclusive organisation
As a new Trustee Board member you will help us drive forward our strategic plan of re-growth and re-build following the pandemic whilst also ensuring that we remain diligent as to our responsibilities towards safeguarding and financial sustainability.

Seeking to appoint a Treasurer and a Trustee Safeguarding Lead, we are also interested to hear from individuals with an interest, knowledge and concern for the homelessness issues facing young people in our local area of Brighton & Hove.

If selected you will be provided with a comprehensive induction, buddied by an existing trustee and join our fabulous board with backgrounds ranging across financial management, social research, community development, youth engagement, corporate business and accommodation services – all of whom pursue the objectives of Sussex Nightstop with passion, commitment, belief and a good humour that makes for a rewarding Trustee experience.

“I love the cleverness of Nightstop’s homestay offer and how the kindness of strangers can be so profoundly helpful to someone in temporary crisis. Since joining the board I’ve been privileged to see the depth of values being practiced daily by volunteers and our small staff team alike.

It’s uplifting to be part of something so effective and to share in meeting the challenges of its growth and development.”

Time commitment:
This is a voluntary role requiring you to attend quarterly Board meetings, monthly sub-groups, and to contribute in between meetings. Meetings are held in both in person and online with consideration for what is accessible to individuals and we can pay out-of-pocket expenses.

Recruitment and Application:
Appointment of trustees to Sussex Nightstop will be subject to:

  • Receipt of CV and short personal statement
  • A completed equality monitoring form: EO Monitoring form
  • Interview and approval by the Chair of Trustees
  • The supply of two references
  • Completion of all related documentation including equality monitoring information

To apply, please send your CV and personal statement to Tim Williamson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, by email to [email protected] and if you’d like an informal chat with Tim, please email him to arrange.

Application closing date Friday 4 November, 2022.

For a full role description click on one of the links below:
Sussex Nightstop Treasurer Role Description 2022
Sussex Nightstop Trustee Safeguarding Lead Role Description 2022
Sussex Nightstop Trustee Role Description 2022

A note on Disqualification
In compliance with the Charities Act, Sussex Nightstop will not appoint Trustees where a person is disqualified under the Charities Act, unless the disqualification has been waived by the Commission. Further details on this are found within the role descriptions.

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