A while ago I signed up as a volunteer host for a scheme that involves putting up homeless young people in your home on a night by night basis. There was an initial assessment, then a period of training, fire checks, social worker checks and CRB checks. By the time all this was complete, my life had got busier and I no longer had a spare room. Finally, though, the room was free and I awaited the call for my first Nightstop young person.
Last night a 16 year old girl stayed. She wasn't in a hostel or on the street; she was safe in my home. When I took the call yesterday afternoon I was tired and the last thing I felt like doing was staying in, cooking dinner and providing a listening ear to a stranger in distress - but I wanted to deliver on my promise.
It was a small thing to give I now realise. I hope it made a difference. I'm glad I followed through.