YMCA is recruiting Open Door Hosts across the Black Country who can offer a temporary home to a young person. This is why we need you to help us give these young people the chance they deserve.
Supported Lodgings Hosts
To become a Host for longer term Supported Lodgings you will need:
- A safe home
- A spare room in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley or Walsall
- An ability to listen and respond appropriately
- Patience and understanding
- Some awareness of the needs of young people
- Be able to provide at least one meal a day
- A willingness to work alongside YMCA support staff
- To undertake a criminal records check
What’s in it for you:
Providing Supported Lodgings offers you all sorts of rewards:
- It is immensely rewarding to see a young person develop into a responsible adult who is making the most of the opportunities you have opened up for them.
- It is a chance for you to use your resources and skills to make your community a better place for everyone.
- You will receive a fee from the YMCA. The young person will also make a contribution towards food and other household bills. You should receive over £100 per week.
Melanie and Jeff enquired about becoming Hosts almost 3 years ago after hearing about the scheme from their neighbours who are also Hosts. When we first met Melanie, she appeared to be very anxious. She confided that 2 of her brothers died when she was 17 years old and it had a massive impact on her life. She had suffered for years with anxiety and agoraphobia. Although Melanie lacked confidence, she was very kind and wanted to help others so we encouraged her to complete the Host Prep Course and put them through the Approval Panel.
Melanie states “I was very anxious about becoming a Host, I’m a very private person and thought I was going to feel invaded but I don’t and it’s been a really positive experience for me. Looking back, I feel like I had been treading water since my brothers died. I drifted through life from one dead end job to another. I could never settle and always felt that something was missing from my life but I didn’t know what. Hosting has given me a sense of purpose. It has also made me much calmer. When the Young People have problems, I say ‘Don’t Worry, it will be fine’ and then I think, is that coming out of my mouth?”
Melanie was nominated by a Project Worker to receive a bunch of flowers last month for the excellent support that she provides to Young People.
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Nightstop placements are usually shorter than Supported Lodgings.
Nightstop Hosts are paid an allowance of £20 per night to cover their costs. The young person is provided an evening meal, bed for the night, breakfast, laundry facilities and basic toiletries. They can also talk to a supportive Host.
A placement can be overnight or up to two weeks and can mark the first step out of homelessness for a young person. Hosts are never alone in supporting the young person, the YMCA will be on hand if extra or more specific support is required.
What you need to become a Nightstop Host:
- The passion to change a young life
- A caring attitude
- A spare room
Watch this short video to find out more:
For more information on becoming a YMCA Host, click the button above, contact our Open Door office on 0121 524 1957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org