Night Light Winter Shelter £5000: Basingstoke Churches want to repeat the success of last winter's night shelter to support people who are sleeping rough, so they don't have to sleep outside during the coldest months of the year. Night shelters save lives so light up a path in the darkness and help bring in people who are sleeping rough this winter. With a hot meal, and a warm bed for the night, it could change a person's life for good. Camrose extra day of support £4160: The Camrose Centre is a drop-in centre to help homeless and vulnerable people. We want to extend provision of Friday services so that those who are sleeping rough can come and get breakfast, lunch and continued vital extra support Julian House storage solutions £5432: Julian House are an outreach and support service for people experiencing homelessness. Feedback from rough sleeping clients has highlighted the need for storage solutions for their belongings at the 'Top of Town'.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Night Light Winter Shelter: For most people who are homeless, the winter months can be a scary prospect due to the freezing temperatures. The risk of illnesses and even death are higher than ever during these cold, wet periods. With a warm and safe place to sleep from December to February, along with free hot food, it can give hope to those who need it the most. This project also gives opportunities for people who want to offer their time as volunteers by supporting a local initiative. Camrose extra day: This is a great idea because breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is providing another time during the week for people who are sleeping rough to be able to go and get the help and support they need. Julian House storage: This is a great idea as a place to store personal belongings is a significant issue for many with no fixed abode due to loss, damage or theft. A recent petition from businesses also identified left belongings as an area of concern.
Steps to get it done:
The Night Shelter will be open 1st December - 28th February, 7 days a week at locations in central Basingstoke. New volunteers would normally be attached to a team hosting at one location on a specific night. Volunteers needed (all times approximate and roles may differ slightly between venues): 5 pm – 7 pm transport and setting up 6 pm – 9 pm, evening cook 7 pm – 10 pm befriending volunteers 10 pm - 7am overnight supervisory volunteers 6 am – 8 pm breakfast cooks 8 am – 9 am clearing up, laundry sorting Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and sufficiently fit to conduct the tasks identified. Mandatory training for new volunteers will be on October 19th or 26th at 7.00pm at the Community Church, Sarum Hill
About the space
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council