More volunteers needed in Hull to help house homeless youngsters

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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Homeless youth charity SASH say they need people in Hull to offer a room for youngsters in need of a safe place for the night.

Julie and Colin Atkinson help vulnerable 16 to 24 year olds by giving them a safe place to stay, whilst more permanent accommodation is found.

They work with SASH, a youth homeless charity that supports young people to find somewhere safe to stay for the night.

Julie explains how it works: “You meet the person away from your home. You offer them beans on toast, a shower and a bed for the night. They have to be gone as soon as you go in the morning. It literally is just a night.”

She explains how many end up homeless: “It could be because they’ve had an argument with their parents and stormed out. It could be sofa surfing, family breakdowns, anything like that.”

Julie believes the reason why so many are homeless is because some parents don’t know how to parent: “I think we’re three generations down the line where no one knows how to parent children. They need to have routines, they have to have rules. And I know it sounds awful but I don’t think a lot of parents can do that, and then they don’t know what to do with them.”

She also says that more support is needed: “Nowadays there seems to be so many children that are homeless between the ages of 16 and 24. Think of it as your own child, homeless, on a night, putting themselves in danger in some cases. All youngsters deserve to be safe.”

Kirsty Clark, East Yorkshire Project Manager for SASH, says: “The best place for homeless young people is in ordinary homes where they can get the help and support they need. We urgently need volunteer hosts in all areas of Hull who can offer a spare room to young people facing homelessness. There are no special skills required to get involved – you just need a willingness to help vulnerable young people at a difficult time. If you think you might be able to help, please just get in touch.”

Volunteers are fully vetted, trained and supported and receive expenses to cover the costs of volunteering.

There’s more information at www.sash-uk.org.uk or call 01904 652043.

You can follow SASH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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