STOPOVER

“I am now able to express my emotions. Being here has taught me it’s alright to cry, be angry and want to be alone, as well as many other things. I would say to others; allow yourself to seek and accept the support you need. Don’t ruin a good day thinking about a bad day yesterday.”

Cayleigh, Service User

STOPOVER

“I am now able to express my emotions. Being here has taught me it’s alright to cry, be angry and want to be alone, as well as many other things. I would say to others; allow yourself to seek and accept the support you need. Don’t ruin a good day thinking about a bad day yesterday.”

Cayleigh, Service User

Stopover provides a home for young women who have nowhere else to live. Most have no family support or positive adult role models, and have never had a place to live where they feel safe. Often the young women have suffered years of abuse and trauma, and have not had an adult in their lives that they could trust.

We have two houses specifically for young women with babies, which they can move into whilst pregnant and make a home ready to return to after giving birth, where they can learn to look after their babies, giving them the best start in life that they possibly can.

As young women move on from Stopover to live independently, many keep in touch with us due to the fact we have been the only people who have consistently cared about and acted upon their welfare.

If you want to contact Stopover for any reason, please click here.

Stopover is unique in offering a route through supported housing in small properties with support from the same staff team. This enables the young women to establish positive long-term relationships and has proven successful in supporting young women to move on to living independently.

Stopover’s five houses and single staff team give on-going support throughout the transition from 24 hour support to living independently. We help the young women to address support needs and build the life skills they need such as healthy eating, budgeting, managing drug and alcohol use, mental health issues as well as accessing education and employment which enable them to become a contributing member of the wider society. Staff also support the young women to access external services which will be of help to them.

Stopover works closely with social care, and housing services to identify and accommodate those young women who would benefit from female only accommodation. We have excellent relationships and are often willing to take a calculated risk on young women that other services may feel unable to accommodate. This is a direct result of the size of our properties, skills of our staff team and our ability to successfully monitor and deal with behaviour issues as and when they arise 

If you would like to get in touch please feel free to use the contact form, give us call on 01273 603775 or email us at stopover@impact-initiatives.org.uk

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“I have lived at Stopover for over a year now; before that I was in foster care. Stopover has made me more independent. Since having my baby I have had to grow up quickly and they have helped me learn that I need to put someone else first but that I have to look after myself too.”

Lily, Stopover Service User

“After talking to staff at the drop ins, I am now more confident applying for jobs and attending interviews”

Kayleigh, YPC Service User

“I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t gone to Stopover. It was the first place ever I could call home and feel safe, and that someone cared about whether I came home or not.”

Chloe, Ex-Stopover Resident

“I love coming to WASP; there is always loads to eat and we never get shouted at. We have to stick to the rules and, mostly, we do. Garry always asks me if I have done well at school today”

Dan, Aged 9

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