We are inviting ALL members of our caring and diverse community - all genders, faiths, nationalities, ethnicities, types of families and sexual identities - with a spare room to join our community response to homelessness.
Sussex Nightstop recruits, trains and supports volunteer hosts to open up their spare room on a short-term basis to someone who is at risk of homelessness and sleeping rough. No-one should face the risks of rough-sleeping alone and right-now a warm, safe and secure place to stay is needed more than ever.
As a Volunteer Host you provide just that: offering your spare room for a few nights to Nightstop guests (typically aged 16-25 years) professionally assessed as suitable for this service.
With full training and continuing support from us, your offer of kindness turns crisis to opportunity - a safe place from which someone can work with our staff and other agencies to find a place to call home.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
Being a Volunteer Host means opening up your home and spare room to a person we have professionally assessed as suitable for Nightstop.
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
- Ensure that your Nightstop room and home is 'Nightstop ready'
- 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
- Provide breakfast
- Prepare a packed lunch if required
You’ll also need to complete all the necessary training and paperwork associated with our role and that meet the requirements of our De Paul quality accreditation standards. This includes:
- Satisfactory completion of all recruitment steps
- A commitment to initial host training as part of the recruitment process as well as refresher and ongoing
training and yearly supervisions with a coordinator
- A check-in phone call with a coordinator every morning after a guest has stayed with you
- To present relevant ID and consent to an Enhanced DBS check every three years
- A yearly health and safety risk assessment at your home, carried out by a member of the Nightstop staff
What induction, training and support is offered?
The safety and well-being of our Volunteers is of paramount importance to us and Nightstop Volunteer Hosts have access to:
- Full core host training including safe Covid-19 practice guidance as part of the recruitment process
- Increased one-to-one coordinator support whilst inducting in the role
- A mandatory requirement to participate in refresher training as required and at a minimum 2-yearly
- Access to supplementary training to support development in role as available and needed
- Annual supervision from Nightstop coordinator
- Post placement Coordinator telephone check-ins after every placement
- Access to ad hoc one-to-one Coordinator support as required and requested
- Access to Nightstop On-call support team outside of office hours
- The opportunity to meet and chat with other Nightstop volunteers either for pleasure or peer support or both!
What skills or qualities are needed?
Following a difficult year we are currently needing to re-build our host numbers in the Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas easily accessible by public transport. Whilst our service is currently paused due to lockdown and other factors we are anticipating that normal levels of busyness will return across this year and we want to be ready!
Whilst typically our hosts offer short-stays of a few nights, Covid-19 means that currently we are seeking hosts who can offer longer 'consecutive-night' stays - ideally 4-7 nights in a row, up to a few weeks. However we're also keen to hear from you if you can offer less.
We look for the following in all of our hosts:
- A good understanding of boundaries and the ability to volunteer within the rules and policies of the scheme including those relating to Covid-19 procedures
- 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
30 Apr 2021
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