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TV to broadcast Nightstop documentary
July 3rd, 2017
The first 24 hours are crucial for young people who for a variety of reasons are unable to stay at home. If they can’t find a safe place to stay, they are at high risk of facing long-term homelessness.
In this immersive and emotional film to be broadcast on More4 on Tuesday, 11 July at 10pm, first-time director Ben Freedman follows emergency accommodation service Nightstop, which matches ordinary families with young people who need a bed in a moment of crisis, welcoming them into their home until a longer term solution can be found.
The programme follows three young people in very different circumstances, none of whom fulfil the stereotype of a “homeless” person.
Kieran is a 16-year-old boy at college who has had an argument with his stepdad. With exams to contend with and no experience of sleeping away from home. The team works quickly to try to find him a bed for the night.
Dandi, 21, pictured, has been using Nightstop on and off for three years due to a tricky relationship with her mum. She comes across as so smiley and well presented that in the past youth workers haven’t always believed her when she has told them she’s homeless.
Paul is 24 and nearing the end of the time with Nightstop so the race is on to find a long-term solution.
For all three young people it is the fleeting relationships they have with their hosts that are striking. It may just be a passing comment or unexpected connection that makes all the difference, or just that they are in a safe and welcoming environment that gives the young person hope or a different perspective, providing them with a new outlook on their individual situation.
For the young people, the encounters can be anything from life saving to life affirming, but one thing is for sure, small acts of kindness are part of a much bigger picture that turns lives around and helps put people back on track – as well as keeping them out of danger, even if it’s only one night at a time.
Nightstop, which is led by national homelessness charity Depaul UK, provides a bed for the night for young people who need it in a moment of crisis.
Giving a safety net to those unable to stay at home, Nightstop places young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and approved volunteer.
It prevents young people from sleeping rough or staying in unsafe places where they would be at risk of abuse.
Nicola Harwood, Head of Nightstop UK, said: “The use of spare rooms in a welcoming and nurturing home is a lifeline to young people in crisis. Drummer TV’s remarkable documentary shows the extraordinary difference our volunteer hosts make to young people every night of the year. It’s a powerful and compelling portrayal of what we do with nothing left out: the heartache, difficulties, tears and joy.”
Drummer TV is a BAFTA and multi-award winning production company based in Bristol that makes a range of programming for a number of channels.
* Would You Take in a Stranger? will be broadcast on More4 at 10pm on Tuesday, 11 July and will be available on All 4, the Channel 4 on-demand service, for 30 days afterwards.