Nightstop Volunteer Host
We are inviting ALL members of our caring and diverse community - all genders, faiths, ethnicities and sexual identities - with a spare room to join our community response to homelessness.
Sussex Nightstop reaches young people and adults at risk of homelessness before they have to sleep rough and are made vulnerable to the risks associated with street homelessness. Our Hosts offer short-stays of a few nights to a few weeks to people referred to and assessed as suitable by our team. This 'safe' base allows guests to concentrate on finding a longer-term home.
Hosts provide a Nightstop guest with a private room, warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, breakfast and a listening ear or 'a bit of space’, whichever is required. They may also offer a comfortable place to stay during daytime hours.
Our activities are all risk-assessed (including for Covid-19) and we offer full training, ongoing support (inc. 24 hour on-call) and payment of expenses.
- 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
- 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 comprehensive training, ongoing support and host expenses to cover costs of a guest stay
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
- 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 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||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. Not only does this reduce movement between households but provides greater stability for guests. However, things are changing quickly so whether you can offer 2, 7 or 15 nights please do get in touch so we can talk this through. In order to meet the needs of guests, we require a consistent level of availability from our hosts and we agree this 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.|
- Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Emergency Response
- Homeless and Housing
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender
- Mental Health
- Young People
- Supporting People and Befriending
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
Must satisfactorily complete an Enhanced DBS check Host homes should be in Brighton & Hove area or an access travel radius to the City
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
Adults 26 years and over
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities