winter night shelter
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Current Provision in Peterborough
The dates for the 2018/19 Winter Night Shelter are yet to be confirmed but it is planned to run from end of November 2018 through until mid March 2019 - an increase on our previous years.
If you are homeless, please go to one of our three referral points as early as possible in the day - do not delay as we only have 8 spaces in total.
New Haven Night Shelter, Towler Street, PE1 2TX - (open 24/7)
Peterborough City Council - Bayard Place (open normal office hours)
Outside Links, Wellington Street, PE1 5DU (open normal office hours)
Council OOH Homeless On Call - 01733 864157
Only fully referred guests are accepted.
Peterborough City Council will also set up their Severe Weather Emergency Provision if the temperature is expected to fall below zero for 3 consecutive nights. This offers up to 12 additional beds.
When SWEP is operating, anyone who is homeless can turn up at Fairview Court, 1 Oundle Road, PE2 9PB at 10pm and be offered a safe bed for the night. This is a first come first served service.
Overview of Project
From the earliest days of Christianity, church communities have been providing hospitality and shelter for those in both spiritual and material need. This has been demonstrated at the simplest level by Christians showing love for their neighbour and on a larger scale through monastic houses and local charitable and humanitarian projects.
The fact that homelessness exists in 21st century Peterborough is a sad indictment of our times but is not something that is in question.
We see homeless people in our parks and on our streets, sitting in doorways and sleeping under piles of cardboard and as Christians we feel moved to do something to help, but what can we do on our own that will compliment the statutory provision that is already in place through the Council and not cut across services that are offered through other local agencies?
Light Project Peterborough believed that a Church based Winter Night Shelter would meet these criteria, encourage churches to come together to help solve a problem that is evident in our city.
Sue and Arnie Hensby, founder members of Light Project Peterborough, have had personal involvement of volunteering with a Winter Night Shelter where they used to live in Milton Keynes. They have witnessed first hand the amazing transformation that can take place in the lives of this most complicated of people when they are given the time, respect and love that they need to help them realise that they are worthy of a future if they would just allow themselves to be helped.
In response to this, Light Project Peterborough pioneered the setting up of a Church based Winter Night Shelter for Peterborough in 2015 based on the Housing Justice rolling Church model. The project has now run for three complete seasons.
For one night each week, 7 Churches from a variety of denominations (2 Anglican, 3 Methodist, 1 Baptist and Salvation Army) each provide an evening meal, safe bed and breakfast the following morning for up to 8 homeless guests.
Last winters project ended on the 12th March and had some amazing outcomes:
189 volunteers trained to take part
6365 hours volunteered over the project
prayer team of 43 people praying daily for the project and our guests
28 churches represented
605 beds filled from a possible 728!
46 referrals resulting in 42 guests staying more than one night
22 guests moved into more sustainable accommodation
The Churches involved are now making preparations for this Winters provision which will commence at the end of November 2018 and will run from 13 to 20 weeks - exact length is still under review.
If you or your Church would like to be involved in this winters provision then please drop an email to Steven.
To support this work you can donate via My Donate every penny really does count!
This work has been supported by the following Grants Makers and many private donations - we are truly grateful for every single supporter.
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
Peterborough City Council
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Church Urban Fund
Baptist Insurance Group
Edith Fitzwilliam Trust
East Midland Baptist Association
Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter