Volunteer hosts are the heart of Nightstop.

By opening their homes to a young person, our hosts provide safety in a time of crisis.  Add a warm welcome and a listening ear alongside the spare bed, and it’s easy to see how our hosts are what makes Gloucestershire Nightstop unique.

What hosting involves

A host will provide:
a spare room with a bed for the young person to use,
the opportunity to have a bath or shower,
an evening meal, and breakfast the next day.

A young person will generally arrive in the early evening, and leave the next morning around breakfast time. A Nightstop stay can be just one night, though many of our more experienced hosts are happy to take longer placements.

The time commitment is flexible. As a volunteer host you can choose when and how often you are available for hosting. Our hosts are able to make Nightstop fit around their normal lives, whether that means periods working away, children coming home from university, or just needing some time to themselves.

If you decide to host with us we will provide you with training, support through the day and night, and cover expenses.

Who hosts

We currently have around 40 households who volunteer with us. Our volunteers are a mixture of couples, single adults and families with children still at home. Some volunteers own their own home, some rent, some have pets, some are working, while others are retired. Hosting is open to all shapes of household.

Our hosts are ordinary people who live in Gloucestershire and want to make a positive difference for those around them. There is no particular background or experience necessary to be a host. What all our volunteers have in common is an interest in helping young people.

We aim to have a good spread of hosting households around the county, and are particularly keen to hear from potential hosts who live in Gloucester.

To find out more about becoming a Gloucestershire Nightstop Host contact Janet Ellard on 01452 331330 or email