The youth homelessness charity SASH has published a YouTube video showing how it helped a young homeless woman on Christmas Eve last year.
The two-minute clip is part of the charity’s Christmas Appeal and tells the story of 18-year-old Jade (not her real name) who was suddenly made homeless. SASH is appealing for donations from the public to help it continue to offer its services next year.
SASH Director, Peter Robinson, said:
Since January, we have already offered more than 1000 nights of accommodation to young people with nowhere else to go. Jade’s story is particularly poignant as there was absolutely no one else, no friends or family, who could put her up last Christmas. It was only thanks to one of our volunteers inviting Jade to spend Christmas in her home that she was kept safe.
SASH wants to highlight that their service is available 365 nights a year and that Jade represents just one of more than 200 young people helped over the past year.
Mr Robinson added:
The continued increase in demand for our Nightstop service in 2013 means we are faced with an ongoing challenge to fully fund the service. We are asking anyone who wants to help keep young homeless people safe in their local community to visit www.sash-uk.org.uk, watch our video and make a donation.
SASH helps 16-24 year olds avoid homelessness by providing emergency accommodation thanks to a network of volunteer hosts in York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding.
The Nightstop emergency accommodation project keeps young people safe in an emergency. The aim is to help them avoid long-term homelessness and typically 80 per cent of young people using the service move on to somewhere permanent after their stay in SASH.
The Nightstop service will be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Donations can be made at www.sash-uk.org.uk