New project will help young homeless in Bridlington

Martin Crossland, strategic development manager at the Hinge Centre.
Martin Crossland, strategic development manager at the Hinge Centre.

A BRIDLINGTON community centre has teamed up with a charity to offer homeless youngsters emergency accommodation with a difference.

Thanks to a partnership between the youth homeless charity SASH and The Hinge Centre, on Field Road people aged between 16 and 24 who are facing a night on the streets will soon have access to accommodation provided by volunteer ‘hosts’ in their own homes.

The aim of the volunteer-led project, called Nightstop, is to give young people who are experiencing a traumatic time a welcoming and safe place to stay for a few nights in a home environment, with access to the support they need to get back on their feet.

Martin Crossland, strategic development manager at The Hinge, said: “We have an average of six young people a week finding themselves homeless, many of whom have already experienced at least one night on the street before they come to us for help.

“Currently we can’t offer immediate accommodation to keep them safe while we find them something more permanent. Having the option of Nightstop will make a huge difference to these young people.”

Volunteers living in Bridlington will also be able to take part in a scheme offering longer-term support, known as support lodgings, in which a young person lives with them for up to two years while they learn independent living skills.

Now residents have been invited to get involved and become Nightstop hosts.

All hosts are CRB checked and fully trained and supported for the role, while all young people offered a place through the scheme are also thoroughly risk-assessed and police-checked before being accepted.

Expenses are paid to hosts for each placement.

And there is telephone contact available all the time should the host have any questions or concerns.

SASH director Peter Robinson has urged anyone who would like to find out more about the project to get in touch.

“SASH has operated successfully in North Yorkshire for over 16 years and we are delighted at the opportunity to work with colleagues at The Hinge Centre to develop a safe alternative to rough sleeping for young people in the East Riding,” Mr Robinson said.

For more information about the project call 01904 652043 or email info@safeandsoundhomes.org.uk