What we do

Nightstop provides emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless people who are facing a night on the streets or sleeping in an unsafe place.

Communities and charities run Nightstops in more than 30 locations around the UK, led and supported by the Nightstop team at Depaul UK.

At Nightstop, we believe that no young person should sleep rough or have to spend the night in an unsafe place. Nightstop is a unique project which relies on community hosting to provide a safe, welcoming place for young people in crisis. Volunteer hosts, who are ordinary members of the community, open their homes to young people aged from 16 to 25 years, offering:

  • A private spare room
  • A hot meal
  • A shower
  • Laundry facilities
  • A listening ear

In 2019, our 678 volunteer homes helped provide a safe place to spend the night to 944 young people.

Nightstop offers young people a place of safety in more than 31 towns and cities around the UK. Find your nearest Nightstop here.

Nightstop relies on the generosity of volunteers. Find out more about volunteering as a Nightstop host, driver or chaperone here.

Our ETHOS

 

We believe that no young person should sleep in an unsafe place, no matter where they are in the country. That’s what gets us out of bed every day and keeps us doing what we do.

 

The first Nightstop opened in 1987 in Leeds and there’s now a network of more than 30 Nightstops around the UK. The Nightstop network is led by Depaul UK, which is responsible for the strategy, quality and development of Nightstop services. To make sure the Nightstop network delivers a safe, high quality service to young people and volunteers, Depaul UK quality assesses each service every two years and provides ongoing support and development.

Nightstop wants to reach as many young people as possible and provide them with a safe place to sleep. To do this, we collaborate with other organisations. We take the proven Nightstop model, which has worked for over 30 years, and share it with the best community-rooted organisation in the area to replicate the service. These range from small, local community organisations to large national charities, like the YMCA or Barnardos. If you’re interested in setting up a Nightstop in your area, please get in touch.

It’s important to us that we remain in touch and hands on with delivering the Nightstop service, so we deliver several Nightstop services ourselves. By doing this, we can test out new ideas and find ways to keep improving and developing the model. It also helps that we know what we’re talking about when supporting other organisations!

We believe the community is the answer to youth homelessness. By working with in communities, we will ensure that no young person sleeps in an unsafe place ever again.

1116 volunteers in the Nightstop Network
31 Nightstop services across the UK
944 Guests helped in 2019
8967 Nights of accommodation offered in 2019
By Donating
You can provide five young people at risk of homelessness our toolkit for families, helping to reduce conflict at home, and providing vital information about staying safe online
You can supply books and toys for a young mum in one of our services to support their baby’s development
You can provide young people with a range of equipment, board games and activities that will help with their mental and physical wellbeing while in our supported accommodation
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