YMCA Open Door is part of YMCA Black Country Group. The project places people aged 16-25 who are imminently homeless/looked after children with Host families.
There are two types of placements- Emmergency Nightstop (short term) and Supported Lodgings (longer term upto 2 years)
- Emergency Nightstop:
A young person is given an emergency Nightstop placement with a Host family while a more permanent living situation is sorted out. Dinner, bed, and breakfast are provided on this service, and daystop if required.
- Supported Lodgings:
A vulnerable young person is placed in Supported Lodgings with a Host family for up to 2 years. Each individual is given a Project Worker, who works with them to develop skills for life. We encourage young people into education or employment to lead them into independence, and a sustainable future.
Young People need to:
- Have a desire for a sustainable adult lifestyle
- Regulate their behaviour to accommodate house rules
- Engage with Hosts and YMCA Open Door staff
- The project is most suitable for 16-17 year olds but other ages are not automatically excluded.
Want to become an Open Door Host?
YMCA is recruiting Open Door Hosts across the Black Country who can offer a temporary home to a young person.
Supported Lodgings Hosts:
Supported Lodgings can last between one month up to two years. 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.
- Host receives over £100pw for having a young person placed with them. On top of this, the young person will also make a contribution towards food and other household bills.
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
For more information on becoming a YMCA Host, contact our Open Door office e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Open Door, please visit our website or contact the team.