At Sussex Nightstop our aim is to reach young people and adults who are at risk of homelessness before they have to sleep rough and are therefore made vulnerable to all of the risks associated with street homelessness. To do this, we train Volunteer Hosts to safely offer emergency accommodation in their homes to those people referred to and assessed as suitable by Sussex Nightstop. Whilst clients are accessing the service our partner agencies work with the client around their wellbeing and long term housing plan.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
Hosts are required to provide a Nightstop guest with a warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, a bed for the night, breakfast and most importantly, a listening ear or a ‘bit of space’ whichever is required. In return, we offer full training and 24 hour support, payment of expenses incurred and an opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of local people experiencing homelessness.
Delivering this role requires the following key tasks when you host as well as a willingness to fully participate in the administrative tasks that are necessary for Sussex Nightstop to adhere to Nightstop UK quality standards.
Each time you host a Nightstop guest you’ll need to:
• Liaise with the Coordinator to agree the practicalities of the hosting arrangement with guest
• Provide a warm welcome
• Prepare an evening meal
• Communicate a time when your guest is expected to leave in the morning
• Provide laundry where possible
• Provide access to washing facilities
• Clean, warm and safe room
• Provide breakfast
• Prepare a packed lunch if required
What induction, training and support is offered?
• We offer full training and induction to the role plus ongoing refresher training and supervisions.
• We offer 24 hour support via an On Call service once our offices are closed during evenings and weekends
• Payment of expenses incurred
What skills or qualities are needed?
• A good understanding of boundaries
• Ability to be non-judgemental and treat all clients with sensitivity and respect, whatever their backgrounds, opinions, cultural and ethical beliefs.
• Commitment to safeguarding young people and adults and promoting their welfare.
• Excellent communication and listening skills and an ability to make topics of discussion understandable to both young people and adults.
• Commitment, patience and the ability to engage with a diverse group of people.
• No formal qualifications are required but experience with young and/or vulnerable people would be advantageous.
Deadline for applications
16 Aug 2020
Young people Homeless people