Alison. I am responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of Sussex Nightstop. I work closely with the Board of Trustees in the development of our strategic plan and it is then my role to manage and develop our organisation in line with our plan and the objectives we have set. My role includes working with local partners, fundraising, the development of policy and procedures and the management of our staff team to create a service that is safe, inclusive and has the maximum benefit for those who need it and our volunteers who provide it.
My previous experience lead me to join Sussex Nightstop with a clear knowledge of the power of volunteers to be a force for good; bring about social change; crucially to support, help and reach out to their neighbours with kindness.
It is my privilege to be working with our volunteers and for a service which has such a clear and tangible positive outcome for those people we support.
Young People’s Service Coordinator
Siân. I assess and place young people aged 16-25 years who are at risk of rough sleeping, in the homes of our volunteer hosts. Working with referral agencies I arrange placements based on the needs of the young people ensuring they are receiving the emotional and practical support and advocacy they need.
The other half of my role is to support and supervise our amazing community of volunteer hosts, who offer young people a safe space from which to resolve their housing problems. Supporting both young people and volunteer hosts to ensure a safe, clear and consistent intervention is a real privilege.
The best thing about my job is seeing the difference kindness can make to someone in crisis!
Adult’s Service Coordinator
Helen. I am the adult (26+) coordinator for our Sussex Nightstop service. I take referrals from our referral partner agencies and assess, and place our over 26 age group clients with suitable and available hosts as needed. Our hosts are incredible and we appreciate them no end. Many of our adult clients are sleeping in cars, sofa surfing, accessing bed and breakfasts, rough sleeping or what I would call hidden or ‘’circumstantially’’ homeless.
I joined Nightstop as I believe it is an amazing service that brings the community together. Hearing feedback from guests is the best part of my job. They are so overwhelmed with people’s kindness and having Nightstop as an option means so much to them in their time of need. It restores their faith in their community during a time when often, everyone else has let them down.
Emily. I am responsible for recruiting new hosts and supporting them through to their first night hosting. I coordinate our On Call rota every month, which provides 24 hour support 7 days a week to our hosts and clients. I also organise our volunteer and community engagement events and manage our social media.
Getting to know the wonderful people who are part of our community response to homelessness is a real highlight of my job. I joined Sussex Nightstop because I believe that a safe home is a basic human right and my past experience of managing community led initiatives has shown me the power of volunteers to make a real difference. Never more so than in Nightstop!