A local charity has introduced an innovative scheme that it hopes will help tackle the problem of youth homelessness across South East London, and they are looking for more volunteers who can offer a bed for the night.
There are a number of reasons that youth homelessness is on the rise, and these reasons are generally difficult to resolve. However, Nightstop London, which has been set up by the charity Depaul, aims to support those young people who are struggling before their situation becomes worse.
The charity trains volunteers who then offer beds in their homes as emergency accommodation for vulnerable people between 16 and 25 years of age to give them a degree of stability.
The aim of Nightstop London is to provide accommodation for one night at a time, and they are looking to sign up more hosts in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham, along with other parts of London.
They currently have around 80 volunteers across the capital, but not all of them can offer accommodation every day, so increasing the number of volunteers will help to meet the demand.
At any one time, they are usually supporting ten or more young people in a borough and they work with low-risk people who need emergency help. Those who have more significant needs, such as drug or mental health issues, can be referred elsewhere.
If you want to apply to be a host, you can contact Nightstop London here, or call 0207 939 1226.
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