Below are stories from some of the young people who have been faced with homelessness in the New Forest. Most young people are nervous, going to a strangers home but each one of them realised it was better than they thought it would be and they had a great time! Have a read and find out about their experience with Nightstop.
  Aaron
When I found myself homeless I was very scared about where I was going to go and how my family would react and if they would find me but when I was told about Nightstop I felt relieved. I knew there was somewhere I could go that would be safe away from my family.
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I found Nightstop extremely helpful. I felt safe and relaxed all the time while I was with my host. When I got to my host, they were very welcoming. They showed me around the house and made me feel very comfortable, I will miss being here. My host has made me feel relaxed and supported me emotionally. Staying in a host's home was very good. I could do my own thing when I wanted to or be part of the family whenever I wanted. The only drawback was when my host wasn't at home; I couldn't go in the house. But my host has been very supportive both emotionally and having me to stay.

I would say to another homeless young person if you are homeless, Nightstop can help. You will be scared at first; you will probably feel like you are on your own but YOU ARE NOT ON YOUR OWN.

Looking back at my time in Nightstop I felt many emotions from joy and happiness to sadness and depression. At times I just wanted to cry but my host always made me feel happy, safe and secure. My host was amazing and I felt like I could talk with her.

Aaron was cared for and supported by Nightstop helping him to continue his full time college course whilst being homeless. Aaron chose the offer of foster care as the best support for him and moved in with a foster family within 6 days of fleeing home and becoming homeless.
  Cassie
When I found myself homeless I felt worried about what was next and lonely because I didn't feel there was any help for me. I felt relieved when I found out about Nightstop as there is help out there for young homeless people.
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When I first arrived at my host's they made me feel welcome, they helped me with what I needed if it was possible and just reassured me really.

My experience with Nightstop was very helpful and reassuring as they made me believe everything would be ok and everything turned out to be great.

Cassie was moved into a one bedroom flat by In Touch housing. We were able to cover minimal costs for a furniture pack from Dorset Reclaim in Bournemouth and food parcels from Basics Bank in Lymington.
  James
When I first found myself homeless I was scared about what was going to happen to me and how I was going to survive.

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When I first heard about Nightstop I was nervous about the service but also I was relieved as there was help and support out there for me. I was mainly worried about who I was going to be staying with and nervous about staying in someone else's home but when I arrived, I was relieved as all the hosts I met were lovely. They make you feel comfortable and welcome.

My time and experience with Nightstop was brilliant and the support I received was excellent. I have to say thank you for making me feel safe, comfortable and for all the support I have been given. It has helped me out a lot and I am really grateful.

James received a room in a shared house with Stonham Housing. We helped with food and furniture referrals. Because of Nightstop he was able to continue attending his blacksmith course at Kingston Maurward College.
  Kieron
I felt like I couldn't do anything when I became homeless. When I heard of Nightstop I felt happier knowing I could start everything from scratch.

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I was worried staying my first night, it was weird for me at first because of new surroundings and new people but I felt like I was treated with care and it made me feel at home.

I look back now and I've achieved so much didn't think I could do it until I put myself to it via Nightstop.

Kieron was eventually housed by Stonham Housing in a shared house in Dibden. He found a job as a Commis Chef at a hotel and hopes to train to be a chef.
  Sian
When I first found myself homeless I was worried about where I would sleep and what would happen to me.

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When I was told about Nightstop I felt a lot better as there are people who are out there that are willing to help young homeless people. I wasn't worried about anything about Nightstop as I was told that everyone was checked and this reassured me. When I arrived at my host's home I was treated very kindly, I felt welcomed into the home.

Looking back, I would say Nightstop was brilliant as I had somewhere to stay until I got sorted out. It also helped me realise things that have happened to me. Nightstop are good as they give young homeless people somewhere to stay and also they give you another chance to sort yourself out.

Sian was extremely vulnerable when she came to Nightstop. After fleeing her situation, she was immediately supported with the best agencies to keep her safe and secure in her personal circumstances. The day she arrived, her face was very swollen with a sudden abscess on a tooth; the host family made her an emergency dental appointment, got her antibiotics and took her back the following week for treatment. Sian has been able to move into accommodation, close to the only, small support network she has left but she has great aspirations and is now looking for work and planning to go to college.
  Miles
When I became homeless I felt upset, depressed, hungry, fed up, worthless and suicidal. I was exhausted. I didn't know where to go.

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When I was told about Nightstop I felt happy but I wasn't sure if I would be accepted as I did have a home to go to but but my home felt unsafe but Nightstop helped me. I wasn't worried about anything with Nightstop at all as I knew it would be supported, welcoming and friendly.

When I was first in Nightstop it felt weird walking into a strangers home but when they said hello and took all my belongings for me, I immediately thought and felt as though my strain on things had been lifted and a few days in my thoughts of loss, depression and paranoia all passed. The hosts started finding me things to do, then I was fed, happy that I was safe and being looked after. The people were very respectful and pulled out all the stops to make sure I was safe. Things then started moving along with my housing needs and Jude was very kind to me, always keeping me informed of what to do next. It definitely gave me the breathing space I needed to progress.

I have been able to continue my college course by having Nightstop to stay with. My stay with Nightstop has allowed me to get the ball rolling in reference to longer term accommodation and if Nightstop had the necessary means to help more people then it would be much stronger, I feel as a young person that we need Nightstop.

Looking back, I would sum it up by saying it was relaxing and peaceful. Nightstop is a worthwhile charity, in my opinion it should have more funding as to accommodate more people. Without Nightstop the world would be an unhappier place as we young people need Nightstop. Please keep it running. Thank you.

You all got me through tough s**t. Thanks guys, girls, sons and daughters. I don't know where I would be right now without Nightstop. Thank you so so much Ray, Catriona, Alex, Callum, Jude, Millie, Dave and Christine. I hope and pray it works out for you all.

Miles went to to live in Stonahm Supported Lodgings, within a family home getting the support, mentoring and encouragement he needed to move towards adult independence. Through all his weeks of homelessness he has been able to continue his studies at college, helping him towards his future goals.
  Ryan
It's hard to say how I felt when I found myself homeless because I wasn't worried but I knew it was a challenge. I stayed with Nightstop 3 years ago and it was really good because of the help and support for young people.
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I became homeless for the second time because my mum only had a 1 bedroom flat and the council said I couldn't stay. I called Nightstop because I knew they would help me but I didn't know what else would happen.

When I was told that Nightstop could help me again I was happy because I knew they wouldn't let me down. But being 19 I was worried I might get let down but Nightstop took me in with welcome hands. I only thought I would have a couple of but Nightstop helped me with finding accommodation, getting me straight, support with benefits, ideas about jobs, where I could get help with anger problems and things I could do with my time to meet other people and build my life up again.

I wasn't really worried with anything about Nightstop because I had been before but the first time I came was scary because I was going to strangers houses but they all turned out to be really nice people and made me feel very welcome.

When I arrived at my host's I was treated with respect, welcome, friendliness and politeness. I had a bed, food when I wanted, bath anytime, able to do my washing when I needed and they helped me to get important appointments.

Looking back I would sum up my time and experience with Nightstop as AMAZING because I am living my life again!

Ryan eventually got a 1 bedroom flat and was looking to get involved with a local rugby club in order to meet new people and release any stress. He was also hard at work looking for a job.
  Jo
I felt so worried when I became homeless and was not sure where I was going to stay. When I was told all about Nightstop, I felt calm and less worried. I wasn't worried about going into Nightstop either.
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When I arrived at my hosts home, she was very kind and welcomed me into her house. I was treated very well. It gave me somewhere I could stay and feel safe. They are very caring and I am able to talk to them about things.

Looking back, I enjoyed staying with Nightstop and I am very grateful to my hosts for letting me stay here. I am getting support from student support at college, helping me with housing and benefit forms. I would like to get a job but I will have to wait until I get stable accommodation.

Jo was able to sustain her full time IT course at college through the support and accommodation offered by Nightstop. Having received supported accommodation, she plans to get a job and work as much as she can, alongwith her studies.