Sussex Nightstop is a homeless charity serving the Brighton & Hove area since 2009. One of over 30 Nightstop services across the UK, we’re accredited by youth charity Depaul UK.
Our vision is a society where everyone has access to a secure and sustainable home and the opportunity to sleep safe every night.
The part we play in achieving this is to offer young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, a spare room in the homes of our wonderful volunteers, who we recruit, train and support.
We provide safe, welcoming places to stay through our volunteer host network - people with a spare room to offer and a desire to help. This prevents rough sleeping and the dangers associated with it.
“Nightstop made me feel at home while homeless. It’s a very important service that has a positive impact on those that use it.”
What does the opportunity involve doing?
Seeking to appoint an experienced Treasurer and a Trustee Safeguarding Lead, we are also interested to hear from individuals with an interest, knowledge and concern for the homelessness issues facing young people in our local area of Brighton & Hove.
Help us reach our potential
We see Trustee recruitment as a real opportunity to expand the thinking, skills and life experience behind our service.
One of over 30 Nightstop operations across the country, we are quality accredited by national youth homelessness Charity DePaul UK and we place high value on delivering a safe, high-quality and life-changing experience for both our young guests and our volunteers, without whom Sussex Nightstop would not exist.
As a new Trustee Board member you will help us drive forward our strategic plan of re-growth and re-build following the pandemic whilst also ensuring that we remain diligent as to our responsibilities towards safeguarding and financial sustainability.
We aim to be recognised and valued as an inclusive organisation
In the last year, 60% of our guests who stayed with Sussex Nightstop were young people of colour. A Board that reflects the diversity of young people using our service has the greatest potential of meeting those needs and we warmly welcome applicants who can help us achieve that potential. You do not need to have had previous Trustee experience to join us. We will support you and provide training.
What induction, training and support is offered?
If selected you would be provided with a comprehensive induction, buddied by an existing trustee and join our fabulous board with backgrounds ranging across financial management, social research, community development, youth engagement, corporate business and accommodation services – all of whom pursue the objectives of Sussex Nightstop with passion, commitment, belief and a good humour that makes for a rewarding Trustee experience.
What skills or qualities are needed?
Sussex Nightstop welcomes applications from anyone with:
A strategic approach and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims
A personal alignment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
Confident and effective communication skills and the ability to challenge in a constructive way; balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise
A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity
Our Trustee Safeguarding Lead will need:
An understanding of the beneficiary group that Sussex Nightstop works with and the related needs and vulnerabilities of young people (16-25 years)
Experience of developing and familiarity with implementing safeguarding policy
Strong knowledge of the good safeguarding principles, practice and related risk management
The ability to communicate and support others in understanding and meeting their safeguarding obligations
The role of Treasurer at Sussex Nightstop requires:
Demonstrable knowledge and experience of financial management (gained in a charitable setting is advantageous)
Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management at a leadership level
The skills to analyse budgets, plans and proposals and examine their financial consequences
Budget setting and management experience
Willingness to proactively challenge and make challenging recommendations to the board where necessary
10th October 2022
Can be done at home
Deadline for applications
31 Jan 2030
Homeless people Young people
Being a committee member/trustee
Tim Williamson, Chair of the Board of Trustees