Getting young people off the street.

 

A new initiative aimed at helping find a safe bed for young people at risk of rough sleeping has been welcomed by Bath & North East Somerset’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

Nightstop, which has been launched by Bath YMCA, is aimed at placing 16-25-year-olds who might otherwise find themselves on the street, with ‘hosts’, local householders willing to offer a young person in crisis, a safe haven for the night.

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Councillor Paul May, (Conservative, Publow and Whitchurch), said: “This initiative, which targets vulnerable young people at risk of rough sleeping, is a very welcome addition to homelessness services in Bath. It is vital that we intervene at an early stage providing help and support before homelessness becomes a downward spiral.

“Homelessness is on the rise in town and cities across the UK and local authority and other statutory and non-statutory services are under considerable pressure.

“I would encourage anyone who feels they have the capacity to offer a warm bed for the night, an evening meal and a compassionate ear to offer their support.”

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Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to drop in to Bath YMCA, International House, Broad Place, BA1 5LH on Thursday, September 21 from 3-5pm or 6-pm. People can also email nightstop@bathymca.co.uk or ring 01225 325912.

‘Hosts’ are visited at home and vetted to ascertain their suitability. Training, support and supervision is provided and up to £10 a night is offered to cover expenses.

Volunteers can decide their own availability with most offering between one and three nights.

The intervention by the project, which can last for up to seven nights, is to allow the charity and partner agencies the chance to find suitable accommodation.