The homelessness network behind Flintshire and Denbighshire Nightstop will be featured in a major new TV documentary this month. More4 is to broadcast Would You Take In A Stranger? – a powerful and moving hour-long film made by Drummer TV – on the evening of Tuesday 11th July.
Director Ben Freedman follows the emergency accommodation service, which matches members of the public with young people who need a bed in a moment of crisis, welcoming them into their home until a longer term solution can be found. The programme features three young people in very different circumstances, none of whom fulfils the stereotype of a “homeless” person.
Kieran is a 17-year-old boy at college who has had an argument with his stepdad. With exams to contend with and no experience of sleeping away from home, the Nightstop workers work quickly to try to find him a bed for the night.
Dandi, 21 has been using Nightstop on and off for three years because she has a difficult relationship with her mum. She comes across as so smiley and well presented that, in the past, youth workers have not always believed her when she has told them she’s homeless.
Paul is 24 and nearing the end of the time with Nightstop so the race is on to find a long-term solution.
For all three young people, it is the fleeting relationships they have with their hosts that are striking.
“The use of spare rooms in a welcoming and nurturing home is a lifeline to young people in crisis. In Flintshire and Denbighshire last year we provided 702 bed-nights for33 young people who were facing homelessness.” Rob Taylor, Operational Manager, Flintshire and Denbighshire Nightstop
The Nightstop network is led by homelessness charity Depaul UK and Local Solutions provides the service in Flintshire and Denbighshire. It provides a safety net to those unable stay at home, placing young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and volunteer. It prevents young people from sleeping rough or staying in unsafe places where they would be at risk of abuse.
The More 4 documentary is being broadcast from 10pm on Tuesday 11th July and will be available to view for a month afterwards on http://www.channel4.com/programmes/catchup/c4