This week marks the 30th anniversary of Stopover, the first hostel in Scotland dedicated to supporting homeless young people.
The project, operated by Four Square, provides a staffed, 24-hour access, emergency hostel for vulnerable homeless young people aged 16 to 21.
Young people staying at the hostel are assigned a key worker who assists them to produce a personal development plan. The project helps these young people to play an active role in addressing the issues which have led to their homelessness and as a result, helps to improve their life chances.
In addition to this support, the project provides a number of additional services to assist young homeless people, including training, advice on debt and assistance to address housing needs.
Over the years Stopover has established itself as safe, caring and supportive emergency hostel for vulnerable homeless young people. It is significant that most referrals to Stopover are self referrals – a clear indication of how much young people trust the staff and services on offer.
Looking back over the last 30 years it is amazing to think what Stopover has achieved. Staff at the project deserve tremendous credit for the work they have put in and I have lodged a Parliamentary motion to mark the occasion.
I am also looking forward to welcoming the project to Parliament for a reception to celebrate the milestone in September. In the meantime I would like to wish them and their clients every success moving forward.