We are marking our 10-year anniversary by launching our ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign which will raise awareness of young people at risk of homelessness in Sussex.
With rates of homelessness on the increase, young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless, especially when family breakdown is involved.
Fortunately, Sussex Nightstop and our team of volunteer hosts are here to help – offering their spare room on a night-by-night basis and giving a young person a safe space from which to resolve their housing problems, so they don’t risk spiralling into long-term homelessness or the dangers of rough sleeping.
Whether you are an individual or local group, here’s how you can help:
- £5 could go towards paying for client travel to host house
- £50 could help recruit, train and equip our hosts with what they need
- £200 could help support our hosts in their unique and special role
Fundraise: 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
- Stop for tea and combine it with a bake sale
- Fancy Dress Days
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
We know that sleeping rough and other temporary living arrangements have a considerable and chronic negative effect. Two-thirds of young people involved in 2017 research by homelessness charity De Paul UK said that not having a stable place to live had damaged their mental or emotional health, and the majority said that their physical wellbeing had suffered. Nearly half said that temporary living had had a negative impact on their relationships and more than four in 10 said it had damaged their education or their ability to find or keep work.
Our work has already had very tangible results since the service began 10-years ago:
- 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 read some stories and case studies here