Update on winter 2018/19

During the winter of 2018/19 our shelter;

  • was funded by the Government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative via Ipswich Borough Council
  • this funding meant that we were able to open 8 weeks earlier than usual
  • it also meant that we were able to stay open for an additional 3.5 weeks in March
  • was hosted by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich St Nicholas Church and centre
  • St Nicholas provided us with a single venue for October – December and March
  • was hosted by 7 town centre churches in January and February
  • provided temporary accommodation for 52 different individuals over almost 6 months
  • accommodated up to 15 guests at any one time
  • helped 31 guests to secure longer term accommodation
  • worked with 11 different organisations to book guests in
  • had a team of just over 240 wonderful volunteers who deliver the shelter on a daily basis
  • employed a team of part tea staff to support volunteers and guests
  • served over 1,352 piping hot evening meals to guests thanks to volunteer cooks
  • gave every guest a pair of new pyjamas and slippers when they first arrived
  • took guests to Sunday afternoon film showings
  • funded activities to hep our guests improve their well-being
  • provided guests with bedding, toiletries and towels when they moved in to new homes
  • gave guests mindfulness resources to help them relax
  • made thousands of hot drinks including sleep-easy tea and hot chocolate
  • was supported by hundreds of local churches, groups, organisations and individuals