Safe and Sound Homes (SASH)
SASH works across North and East Yorkshire and the cities of Hull and York to prevent youth homelessness. They have 12 volunteer hosts living in Hull and the East Riding. SASH works in partnership with the Hinge Centre in Bridlington on a resettlement scheme for young people. Most of the referrals are young people aged between 16 years and 25 years.
SASH manage the Nightstop project, which provides emergency accommodation for up to 14 nights in the home of a fully trained and vetted SASH volunteer host. 78 young people were referred to Nightstop in 2018-19 from the East Riding and Hull.
When young people ask for help from Nightstop they have nowhere else to turn. SASH carries out a a risk assessment for each young person so that they know that they are safe to place. They find a host in the area that the young person is from, so they can continue to get to college or work. Staying in education or employment, despite homelessness, is important in preventing things from getting worse. SASH also arranges any travel that is required. SASH continues to work with the young person night by night until the young person has somewhere permanent to stay. This might be a private let, a return home, Local Authority housing or SASH’s Supported Lodgings Service.
The Tribune Trust are pleased to be able to support SASH in their work as research has shown that homelessness increases the risk of sexual and physical violence. It also increases the chances of the person being involved in drug taking, street begging and crime.
The High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Mrs Sue Stephenson, is shown presenting a cheque to Deborah Rack and Kirsty Clark of SASH