Light Project Peterborough
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Overnight Accommodation

 

During the pandemic Light Project Peterborough partnered with Peterborough City Council to run the ‘everyone in’ initiative. From March through to July 2020 over 150 people were taken off the streets. At the height of the work we were supporting 3 hotels with staff, food, laundry and everything that was needed to ensure the guests had a warm and loving stay. Peterborough City Council were able to move many of the guests into more permanent accommodation and the love and support from the staff and volunteers put the guests in a really strong position to take this with open arms. We have and will continue this work over the winter and have a strong team of support workers helping emergency hotel ‘rest centre’ work.

From the earliest days of Christianity church communities have provided hospitality and shelter to those in spiritual and material need, at Light Project Peterborough we are leading this. This, and the fact that in this day and age homelessness is still a huge issue, resulted in the creation of the Winter Night Shelter in Peterborough. This project began in May 2015 for a short trial to see if it could and would work. From then the project has become a more permanent fixture, and in 2019/20 operated for the 5th year running. We all see homeless people in Peterborough sat in our local parks, sitting in shop doorways or tucked up under cardboard sheets in the rain. We feel moved to do something to help them, but unsure if a gift of money or a some food or drink is the right option – we often find we do nothing but walk by, while the image of the cold person in need plays on our mind.

 

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)

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