Family breakdown is one of the main causes of youth homelessness. As part of our work to prevent homelessness, Nightstop deliver mediation services for young people and their families which help to address conflict which could lead to a young person feeling that they have to leave home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional need for mediation services as lockdown is having a significant impact on young people and their relationships with their families and their peers. Anxiety, isolation, loneliness, boredom, uncertainty about the future, job losses, arguments, anger - these are just a few of the issues that they are having to deal with during this stressful and unusual time. Nightstop mediation lead, Angela (pictured below right with peer mediator, Charlotte), has been talking about the support we offer young people and their families.