One of the biggest issues faced by young people in Bath is the fact that there is no-where to go during the daytime that is safe, warm and where help and advice is easily accessible.
Our research found that young homeless people are some of the most vulnerable in society but that limited resources meant they could be turned away at their time of need. Many services within B&NES that work with young people are geographically spread around, making it difficult for a young person to figure out where to go next and who they need to talk to when in crisis. Our work has highlighted the challenge of working with ‘hard to reach’ young people. We have found that although specialist support is available for young people often those most in need will fail to access it.
We have therefore created Daystop in January 2019; a central, single point of access for young people in B&NES. Daystop provides a safe place to go, somewhere warm and dry where food and drink is offered, mobile phones can be charged, showers and some clean clothes can be had, help and advice can be sought and other services can be signposted in to.
The Daystop service also lies alongside our Nightstop service which provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16-25 with nowhere to go.
Bath Daystop offers the following:
- A place to come to between the hours of 9am to 5pm
- The basic provision of food / showers / laundry facilities / power points / computer and phone access.
- Initial assessment and advice from the in-house support workers.
- A weekly timetable of events/workshops including:
- Job Club
- Children Leaving Care Drop-in session
- Budgeting and benefits advice
- Housing help and advice
- Counselling & Mentoring
- Project 28 Support
- Discussion Groups