Volunteers are the heart of Sussex Nightstop
If you’ve got a spare room (or spare time at evenings and weekends) and you live in and around Brighton & Hove, we’d love you to join our growing volunteer community of kind, caring folks. You’ll be amazed at how much a safe night’s sleep can help homeless young people in Brighton and Hove and that’s a great thing to get involved with.
Hear more from our Host Volunteers about their Nightstop experience in the video below…
Sussex Nightstop welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and communities.
We particularly need more people from BAME communities and people who identify as LGBTQ+ so our host pool reflects the young people we serve.
Get involved in a vital community project that helps to prevent homelessness in our city and in return we’ll provide:
- new knowledge and skills through our comprehensive training program
- an opportunity to meet a wide and diverse range of people and with it the chance to broaden your life perspective
- the chance to be a part of the Sussex Nightstop community and make a tangible impact on the lives of homeless young people
- the opportunity to develop your volunteering role to other areas of Sussex Nightstop
- expenses paid to cover costs incurred through your volunteering
Hosts (currently recruiting – please apply!)
Our Hosts are there to provide a safe night’s sleep to Nightstop guests through a warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, access to a private bedroom, breakfast and, most importantly, a listening ear or a bit of ‘space’ – whichever is needed.
Here’s some answers to common questions:
Is it safe?
All young people referred to Nightstop are reviewed by the staff team to ensure they are low risk – a background check is conducted, including any previous criminal convictions, and the guests must provide two references. Hosts are also informed about their guest’s history.
Is training provided?
Every host receives training, which covers an introduction to youth homelessness, boundaries, practical tips and safeguarding rules. We also offer an ‘on-call’ service that offers phone support to both guests and hosts.
How long do guests stay?
That’s up to hosts and it’s flexible. All volunteers sign up to a rota and choose which evenings they would like to host. Stays range from one night to a few weeks, or even months. Hosts often start small and increase their hosting duration once they see the transforming effects of their generosity. Our support co-ordinator will call you on the day to check you’re still available and to make sure you’re comfortable with the young person staying. And you can change your availability whenever you update the rota.
What do hosts need to provide for guests?
A private room, an evening meal, breakfast, a packed lunch and access to a shower and washing machine. Hosts must be at home for the whole evening, as guests can’t be left in the house alone. Nightstop reimburses hosts for all expenses incurred.
What type of home is suitable?
As long as the house is clean, comfortable and has all relevant safety features such as working smoke alarms and a private spare room, then it’s perfect. Nightstop conducts home visits to ensure guests receive adequate accommodation.
What skills to hosts need?
Hosts need to be kind, compassionate, non-judgmental, patient, reliable, willing to uphold boundaries and good at listening.
On Call Volunteers (currently recruiting – please apply!)
Our On-call volunteers provide a point of contact for our volunteer hosts and guests outside of office hours. Through guidance and reassurance they are there to facilitate safe guest placements that have been fully risk-assessed and set up by Nightstop staff.
Community Events Volunteers
Our Community Events volunteers raise awareness of Sussex Nightstop by representing the organisation at various events across the city whether through giving talks and presentations, managing a stall at community fair or cheering on others who are fundraising on our behalf.
Volunteers who fundraise for Sussex Nightstop organise and take part in all kinds of activities. Please see our fundraising and donations page for a few ideas. All fundraising donations are gratefully received and make a difference to the support we can provide to vulnerable people.
Our active Trustee Board oversee the strategic management and finances of Sussex Nightstop. Our Trustees come from a range of backgrounds, bringing with them a huge amount of skills, experience and a shared passion to support people at risk of homelessness.
Current volunteer roles we are recruiting:
We are currently recruiting Host Volunteers and On Call Volunteers. If you are interested and would like to hear more about what’s involved, please get in touch via our contact page or call Liz on 07788 318905. We’d love to hear from you.