Impact Initiatives ‘Stopover” Celebrates 30 Years of Supported Housing for Young Women in Brighton

Stopover provides young women with a safe place to live alongside help and support to gain the skills they need so to live independently.

Founder Jackie Lythell30 years ago Jackie Lythell who at the time was the Mayor of Brighton, got together with colleagues and set up Stopover. This was to provide much needed safe housing and support for homeless young women. Impact Initiatives have run the service ever since.

Yesterday (November28th) current and past residents, staff, supporters and commissioners from the past 30 years, met to celebrate its achievements in turning lives around and being there when there was no other place to go. The Hotel du Vin kindly provided the venue and refreshments for free.

Attending the event Impact’s CEO Caroline Ridley said “The young women we support have had the most difficult and traumatic lives, one comment we frequently hear from them is that Stopover is the first place they have ever felt safe and at home. We are delighted to be here today, and particularly proud that with our support so many young women have moved on to become independent and to live happy fulfilling lives.

Successfully operating a much-needed service for 30 years needs to be celebrated.
The primary reason young women move to Stopover is that they are insecurely housed or homeless. Factors behind this are domestic abuse, mental health issues, misuse of substances or family estrangement. At a time when reports of domestic abuse are on the increase this has never been more necessary, and especially when the Government has recognised that there needs to be more support, and last month launched a new £20m fund to support domestic abuse victims.

The Stopover team

Stopover is unique in the City as it provides the only supported housing specifically for young women. This is crucial for the young women we work with as to move towards being independent they need to have a space where they feel really safe and without the pressures some of the larger mixed gender housing services can bring. Said Stevie Graves; The Stopover Manager

For more information about Stopover please see the attached Infographic or visit http://www.impact-initiatives.org.uk/our_services/stopover.php or contact Stevie Graves on 01273 603775 or email stopover@impact-initiatives.org.uk