Nightstop Volunteer Host

Sussex Nightstop

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Sussex Nightstop reaches young people and adults who are at risk of homelessness before they have to sleep rough and are made vulnerable to all of the risks associated with street homelessness. Our Volunteer Hosts offer safe short-stays of a few consecutive nights to people referred to and assessed as suitable by Sussex Nightstop. Whilst clients are with Nightstop our partner agencies work with the client on their long-term housing plan. 

Hosts provide a Nightstop guest with a private room, warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, breakfast and importantly, a listening ear or a ‘bit of space’ whichever is required. Host may also offer 'Daystop' to guest, providing lunch and a comfortable place to stay during daytime hours. All activities are carried out in a Covid-19 risk-assessed way.

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.


  •  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.


  • Involvement in a vital community project that helps to prevent homelessness in our city, providing access to a comprehensive training program through which you will acquire additional knowledge and skills in areas such as safeguarding, equal opportunities and diversity, communication, behaviour and attachment. With additional opportunities to further your learning in other areas such as trauma informed approach and even University accreditation.
  • The opportunity to meet a wide and diverse range of people and through this to broaden your life perspective through an increased understanding and knowledge of the issues facing vulnerable people.
  • Access to host expenses at a rate of £10 per night, or £12.50 over a weekend or if you provide a packed lunch.

Practical Considerations

Delivering this role requires the following key tasks when you host as well as full participation in the administrative tasks that are necessary for Sussex Nightstop to adhere to De Paul 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.

You’ll also need to be available for/provide:

  •  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 brief check-in phone call with a coordinator every morning after a guest has stayed with you
  •  To present relevant ID and consent to a new DBS check every three years
  •  A yearly health and safety risk assessment at your home, carried out by a member of the Nightstop staff.

When do I need to be available?

Details We have adapted our hosting role to ensure that hosting is Covid-19 safe for both volunteers and guests. To do this we require hosts who can offer 'consecutive-night' stays (ideally 4-7 nights but we will consider other offers). In order to meet the needs of our clients and the service to run effectively, we require a consistent level of availability from our hosts which is agreed on a two-week ahead basis. We will ensure suitable breaks between guests both to mitigate risks of Covid-19 as well as to support volunteer well-being.
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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    Must satisfactorily complete an Enhanced DBS check
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    25 years +
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training