BEING 16 and homeless is a scenario which affects a number of teenagers in the Cheshire West area every evening.
Forum Housing Association’s Nightstop Cheshire Project, funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, is a scheme designed to give young homeless people the opportunity to experience an evening in a normal, nurturing home environment.
And the project is looking to recruit more volunteers and drivers to get involved and help reduce the number of young people on the streets.
Claire Litherland, Nightstop Project Manager, said: “Volunteer hosts give their spare rooms to a young person between the ages of 16 and 25 for between one and three nights.
“As well as providing a roof over their heads and allowing them to feel safe and secure and part of a family, the statistics show that most young people return to their families or friends following a stay at a host’s home.
“But it’s not just about giving - many of the volunteer hosts already in the scheme have benefited from having a young person in their house, be it to help with the gardening, being cooked for, help with fixing appliances, even just sitting down and having a conversation with a young person.
“Volunteer hosts do an amazing job and we need more people to get involved with the scheme and help to reduce youth homelessness.”
All of the young people that have been placed over the last six months have returned to family or friends after staying with a host family, showing the success of the project at reducing youth homelessness and highlighting the strength of the family unit.
For further information on becoming a host or driver please contact Forum Housing Project Manager Claire Litherland on 0151 355 0222 or email Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org.