What is the Volunteer Host Service?The Volunteer Host Service provides emergency accommodation on a temporary basis for 16-21 year olds who are at risk of being homeless. The service relies on volunteers to offer a spare room to young people in need for one to three nights.
Host Volunteers provide a safe and secure environment for young people to stay when they’ve had to leave their family home for a number of different reasons. We’re looking for volunteers to welcome a young person to stay in their home for a couple of nights, which enables us to assess the young person’s family situation, resolve conflict and find appropriate longer term accommodation if necessary.
We’re working with the Surrey Families Homelessness Prevention Service to protect vulnerable young people and support families to stay together.
Who can be a Volunteer Host?If you have a spare room, aged 25 and over and think you could help make a difference to a young person in Surrey, you could be a Volunteer Host. We welcome anyone from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and circumstances, so whether you are single, married, in a civil partnership, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) or identify as being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), you could help us provide temporary accommodation to young people in need.
Volunteer Hosts must:
Training and supportWe will support you every step of the way to make sure you’re confident with your role supporting Surrey’s young people. You will receive training and support including:
Please note: if you have a criminal record this does not mean that you cannot get involved but there would be a further assessment process to ensure that your application can be continued.
What to do nextIf you think you could help support young people in Surrey or would like more information please contact Debbie Searle, Host Service Manager on 07891 533051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JET Team Launched!
The Joint Enforcement Team – JET- is a collaboration between GBC’s established enforcement teams and Surrey Police. This new initiative aims to help combat low level crime and anti-social behaviour by providing a fast and effective response. The meeting will begin with a presentation from a member of the team on how this will work for the community to reduce residents’ concerns.
BCA Future Developments
The election of Officers, a normal part of the May AGM, was postponed this year. This allowed time for efforts to be made to form a sufficiently large group to carry on the work of the BCA. After the July meeting, a number of people have come forward with offers of help. A progress report will be given at this EGM with the expectation of Officers being elected to take the BCA forward to next year’s AGM.
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