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Become a Nightstop volunteer

Become a Nightstop volunteer

Dorset Nightstop provides safe, secure emergency accommodation for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Those who use the service are welcomed into the homes of fully trained and supported volunteer hosts. Placements are on a one night at a time basis for a maximum of three nights.

Young people can expect:

  • a safe and secure bed for the night in their own room
  • an evening meal and breakfast
  • washing facilities
  • a listening ear if they need it, or headspace if they prefer
  • a friendly and free service
  • a breathing space to allow them to get support and move towards finding more permanent accommodation

Nightstop aims to keep young people in a safe and friendly home environment, whilst allowing agencies to look at long-term solutions to their homelessness.

Young people can access the service via their local housing office, young people’s advice and information centres, local child care or leaving care teams or Citizen's Advice Bureau. Nightstop is not able to take self-referrals from young people.


Check out our Facebook page for more information about what the project has been doing.


Volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers to act as hosts or volunteer drivers. Volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.

"Just a few hours of your time can have a positive impact on a young person."

- Action for Children volunteer.

Would you like to get involved? Do you have a spare room or some spare time you could give to the programme?

Apply now to become a Nightstop volunteer using the Action for Children online volunteer form.

If you have questions about volunteering please email or call the project on 01202 525643

Find out about referring a young person to Nightstop

Our referral window is Monday-Friday 10am to 3pm.


Dorset Nightstop provides safe, secure emergency accommodation for young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of, or are, homeless.

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