Peterborough Winter Night Shelter: The Results Are In

As you will know by now, the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter ended its 4th full run on 1st April 2019. This was a really busy few months with lots of homeless people coming through our doors and lots of amazing volunteers helping with the smooth running of the project.

But do you know the figures and successes behind Peterborough Winter Night Shelter from this run?

From 26th November 2018 until 1st April 2019 there were 12 churches involved in accommodating our homeless guests. This started and ended with some new churches taking a full week each for the project. Then through the middle of the project our set 7 churches took one night each.

During the 18 weeks of the project there were a total of 1,016 beds offered to homeless guests. 928 of these beds were used by homeless guests during the project. Over the period of 18 weeks we were able to give a bed to 54 guests. 29 of these guests had moved onto more permanent accommodation by the 1st April. Other guests have moved on since this time, with the help of The Garden House.

From the 26th November right through until 1st April 2019 we have 371 volunteers that volunteered their time to the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter. While this is a Christian based project, we were pleased to welcome volunteers of non-Christian faith, of which 99 of our 371 volunteers were.

Now, for the really impressive results that show just how essential our volunteers and their time is. During the project volunteers donated 8,764 hours of their time. If we based this on the minimum wage at the time they volunteered this would equate to a cost of £68,626.04 for the project.

It is important to note that this does not include the hours of time by those unlocking church venues, preparing food for guests, creating shift rotas, washing bedding and more.

We would like to take this chance to thank all of our amazing volunteers that were involved in this project; we hope to see you again next time.