Volunteers needed for valuable Nightstop service

Rhun ap Iorwerth has echoed Digartref Môn’s calls for new volunteer hosts on Anglesey and Gwynedd to continue the success of Nightstop.

Ynys Môn Am Rhun ap Iorwerth recently visited Digartref Môn’s Nightstop project in Holyhead during Volunteers Week, and praised the work they do there.

Nightstop provides a bed for the night for young people aged between 16 and 25 who need it in a moment of crisis. Digartref runs Nighstop for the young people of Anglesey and Gwynedd. They have volunteer hosts who offer an evening meal, bed and breakfast in an emergency situation.

Gail, who has been a volunteer Nightstop host for five years said:

“I first heard about the service on a Children in Need programme and decided I wanted to help. I was lucky enough to have had both parents to support me as well as an extended family, unlike a lot of other young people.

“I have to say that I love it! I do it for myself really.

“I suppose some people would be worried about things ‘going missing’ from their home or having a stranger in their house. The reality is that these are just young people who are more nervous than me. Usually, they are whizzed in and out and I haven’t had any problems. Most of them are naturally quite tired so they have a shower after dinner and go to bed.

“All of the young people I have hosted are different. I haven’t experienced any behaviour issues or any aggression. Being such a young age this must be terrifying for them so I am happy to help when they need it.

Digartref’s volunteer hosts are offered bed nights that fit with their availability and they don’t have to commit so this is very flexible. The hosts also receive training and are invited to social events.

Rhun ap Iorwerth added:

“Providing a safety net to those forced to leave their home, Nightstop places young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and approved volunteer.

“It prevents young people from sleeping rough, “sofa surfing”, or staying in unsuitable accommodation where they would be at risk of abuse. The use of spare rooms in a positive environment makes a huge difference to young people in crisis.

“If anyone would like to help the charity then please visit the website www.digartref.co.uk to find out more, watch the Nightstop video or phone 01407 761653 to speak with Nia or Lowri to find out more about the role.”