Light Project Peterborough

Garden House

The doors to The Garden House opened on 8th October 2018 when it was felt that there was a need to offer additional support to those we were able to help through the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter, as well as those we didn’t have room for on the project at that time. For the first 6 months 176 rough sleepers in Peterborough came through our doors for information, advice, support and love to help them create the future they dreamed of, but in recent months felt was never possible. The Garden House is located in the Peterborough Cathedral precinct and this partnership has now enabled us to secure the site until March 2020. The success of the project in the local community and the real change we have seen in peoples lives, The Garden House long term future is firmly on the table, with big dreams and plans for the future.

“The gentleness and the openness and the sophistication of the approach, the thoughtfulness of the approach, would certainly put right up at the top of the list for good models for this kind of work” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (April 2019)

We have linked up with service providers in Peterborough including City Council housing officers, GPs, hairdressers, chiropodists, employment agencies, alcohol and drugs support specialists and arts therapists. These services visit The Garden House on a regular basis to support the rough sleepers in Peterborough that come through our doors. While there is a few paid staff required to run this project, the project is mainly run by volunteers who are kind enough to donate their time to the rough sleepers in Peterborough. This is why The Garden House is such a special place, because of the love and free gift of time that the volunteers so willingly give.

The Garden House is a project that really will change the lives of those that come through our doors, because people in the darkest of places are given hope and made to feel valued and supported during some of the biggest challenges they will ever face. We need your help to ensure that we can continue running this project to the very best of our abilities. If you are able to run any sessions for our rough sleepers in Peterborough, can donate your time as a volunteer or you are able to donate financially to support the running of The Garden House, please contact us – or donate here.

“A place of peace in amongst the chaos.”
Paul (ex rough sleeper )

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