Across 2019/20 the Winter Night Shelter started in Nov 2019 and ended on the 26th March due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. During this time hundreds of volunteers donated 7581 hours of their time and 867 beds were freely given. We welcomed 57 people from off the streets during the project and 49 people realised a successful move on into a further accommodation. The Winter Night Shelter works in partnership with different church centres, from different denominations, supporting them to open their doors. Across the 2019/20 winter season 15 amazing church communities opened their doors to work together to show love and kindness, an amazing story of different groups and communities to help those with some of the most tragic life stories.
Across the winter of 2020/21 night shelters cannot run due to the pandemic. Maybe, things have changed for the better? In Peterborough there is more accommodation and a real turning by the Peterborough authorities that this is the time to keep getting everyone in. We watch with anticipation and are considering much what our future in accommodation projects will bring in 2021 and beyond. There seems to more accommodation out there but not really enough to help those really, really in need. Some people need so much love and support the Christian community is well placed to give this.
If you would like to support and donate any amount to help us grow our work around homes for people, we would be extremely grateful. Every penny really does count.
“The winter night shelter helped me find peace within myself”
Janeen (night shelter guest)