In the last newsletter I mentioned that Churches Together were considering how best to respond to the significant increase in rough sleepers in King's Lynn. I am pleased to report that things have progressed well. We opened King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter on Friday 1st December. We had 9 guests on Friday and 8 on Saturday. We are sure it won't be long before we reach our capacity of 15 guests. Each person is provided with a bed, dinner, breakfast and a chance to relax. Thanks to our partners the Purfleet Trust, the night shelter can be held at their centre in St. Ann's Fort each Friday and Saturday until March 31st. Through grant funding we have been able to employ Joanne Dowen as the project coordinator and we hope to have an assistant in post later this week. We also have a team of 40 volunteers and hope eventually to have 60. If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact Joanne Dowen - firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will see below that we also have a vacancy for a part time assistant coordinator for Friday night. Do please spread the word.
On Friday 24th November, we took part in the Church Urban Fund's Sleepout Challenge. We raised £1000 for the night shelter and some very helpful publicity from the local radio stations and newspapers.
On the theme of homelessness, I have included the Church Housing Trust guide 'How to Help Homeless People' and in the Community News are the venues offering a free community lunch on Christmas Day. Please pass this information across your network.
For those who enjoy digging below the surface, you can find the Joseph Rowntree report on 'UK Poverty in 2017' and a free day conference on Modern Slavery on 27th January. Look for the link to the online booking .
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