First York supports local homelessness charity SASH
The youth homelessness charity SASH is launching a new volunteer recruitment campaign with the support of First York.
SASH prevents young people from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer ‘host’. The campaign aims to encourage more people to become hosts to help prevent youth homelessness in local communities in North and East Yorkshire.
The campaign will include posters and leaflets across bus routes in York, featuring Gill Pidd-Haytack who works for First York and who has been a SASH host for the past eight years.
By volunteering for SASH’s emergency ‘Nightstop’ scheme and the longer-term Supported Lodgings project, Gill has helped 126 young people avoid homelessness since she first got involved with the charity in 2010. She is keen to encourage more people to get on board to help prevent young people from becoming homeless in their local community and is delighted to be able to support this campaign.
She says: “Before I started hosting, I knew youth homelessness existed but I didn’t know how severe it was. I thought homelessness was what you saw on the streets, now I know how much of it is hidden.”
SASH Operations Manager Adele Coupe said: “The work we do to prevent homelessness in 16-25 year olds depends entirely on our hosts, who offer their spare room to help some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities. We need more people like Gill in North and East Yorkshire, so that we can help all the young people referred to us who are facing homelessness. We are very grateful to First York for this fantastic opportunity to help us spread the word to these areas.”
Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director at First York, adds: “As one of the largest bus operators in the region, who employs more than 250 staff, we are committed to supporting our local communities through fundraising and involvement in local projects. We’re proud of the work that Gill does in her spare time and we’re pleased to be able to support this campaign by offering free poster space on board our vehicles.”
Last year SASH helped 335 young people who were facing homelessness, mostly due to family breakdown. Anyone wanting to find out more can visit www.sash-uk.org.uk or call 01904 for more information.