Sussex Nightstop is a local homeless charity which has been working in the Brighton & Hove area for over 10 years now. We prevent rough-sleeping by setting up short stays in the homes of volunteer hosts who have a spare room to offer. We are one of over 30 accredited Nightstop services in operation across the UK; offering free, short-stay, emergency accommodation in warm, welcoming, family homes.
Our Nightstop guests are either at risk of rough-sleeping, have had a short experience of rough-sleeping or find themselves needing to use other potentially unsafe sleeping arrangements, such as sofa-surfing. At a point of crisis and vulnerability, guests are often trying to maintain positive investments in their life such as work, study or training.
Nightstop works with people who have a low or medium level and who otherwise meet our service thresholds. We focus our efforts where we think we can make the most difference with the resource we have available. Currently, we are working with young people age 16-25 years only.
The negative effects of rough-sleeping and sofa-surfing are profound. By providing safe accommodation at the earliest point, our Nightstop service provides people with the best opportunity to work on their housing plan. Working together with our local housing advice partners, our goal is that Nightstop guests move from our service into a safe, longer-term place they can call home.
Our volunteer host households are based in Brighton & Hove and outlying areas in Sussex easily accessible by a short journey on public transport. They are recruited, screened, trained and supported by us to carry out their role in a safe and effective way. Our hosts provide a safe, private room, a hot meal, access to washing facilities and a listening ear if needed. Our service provides a very practical way that people can volunteer in support of reducing homelessness.
Accessing our service is through our approved referral agencies only. These are currently YMCA DLG Housing Advice and BHCC Children’s Services. We don’t accept self-referrals.
If you are at risk of rough-sleeping tonight, are rough-sleeping or staying somewhere else where you don’t feel safe then please visit our ‘get support’ page for more information on how to access help.