6 December 2013


YMCA Black Country Group are delighted that the Nightstop emergency accommodation scheme which they run right across the Black Country was featured in last Saturday’s edition of the Guardian.

Entitled “The families offering a safe place for homeless youngsters“, the feature provides an in depth look at the experience of three Nightstop hosts all of whom voluntarily give up their spare room to help a young homeless person in need.

The hosts don’t just give a young person a safe space to stay, a meal, breakfast and a listening ear if required. Their very act of generosity can also restore a young person’s trust in people, faith that a happy family life can exist, and gives them something to aim for for the future.

The YMCA offers Nighstop emergency accommodation as part of it’s Open Door scheme, which places homeless young people in the spare rooms of caring Hosts across the Black Country. As the winter nights draw in, the project is receiving a growing number of referrals for homeless teenagers and are urgently seeking people to come forward to become Open Door Hosts.

If you’re inspired by the stories of these hosts and the young people they have helped and are interested in becoming a Nightstop Host then we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Rachael Taylor on 0121 524 1957 or email rachael.taylor@ymcabc.org.uk