New Forest Nightstop provides the only emergency overnight accommodation for homeless 16-24 year olds in the homes of trained and approved host households around the New Forest. New Forest Nightstop was established in 2003 and is a team approach to homelessness. It is a voluntary service managed by Community First New Forest based at Ringwood and is affiliated to the national registered charity, Depaul Nightstop UK.
Aim: No Young Person has to sleep rough and continue to provide a safe and supportive environment to prepare a Young Person for independent living.
The primary aim of Nightstop is to enable homeless young people to access safe, free, emergency accommodation in our host households at the beginning of their homelessness when their need is most acute, then to support them into longer term housing through local housing providers. The support given by Nightstop improves not only young people's self-esteem but also their life chances, and their outcomes for employment, training, health and housing are much improved.
Vision: Nightstop believes all Young People have the right to access safe and secure accommodation that is appropriate to their needs.
Nightstop is a unique and integral service in a multi-agency approach to youth homelessness and is a vital tool to other local advice agencies. Nightstop is not a permanent solution to youth homelessness but is temporary emergency accommodation when needed at the point of crisis.
We support young people through the Supported Housing Panel where those with the highest needs are allocated appropriate accommodation if available. There is a shortage of suitable accommodation for this age group, and some young people may return home if appropriate, following mediation. Our Nightstop support volunteers give practical advice and support, helping young people who are not successful through the Housing Panel when their only option is to find accommodation in the private rented sector.