The primary aim of Nightstop is to prevent young people from rough sleeping or staying in unsuitable temporary accommodation. Nightstop provided 8,166 bed nights in 2010 to 2,033 young people. The services have seen an 18 per cent increase in the number of bed nights provided from 2009 to 2010 in a context of rising youth homelessness and record levels of youth unemployment. Depaul Nightstop UK is the umbrella body for Nightstop services.
This report is an evaluation of six Nightstop services: Sussex, Gloucestershire, Halton (Runcorn and Widnes), North East, Ynys Môn (The Isle of Anglesey) and Edinburgh. In order to generate feedback on the service and evaluate outcomes attained we distributed questionnaires to volunteer hosts and the young people who stayed with them in a two-week period and undertook telephone interviews with young people who had previously stayed with Nightstop.