Our Lady and St Joseph Parish
Aire Valley

Inn Churches / Winter Shelter


This Winter (11th - 18th December)

For anyone wishing to take part this year: Here is the Rota

Please note, you can check when the rota was last updated in the footer of the rota.

We will be providing the shelter at St Mary and St Monica's this winter from Monday evening 11th December to Monday morning 18th December 2017. In order to run the shelter we need volunteers from the parish – and every year we have been blessed with many volunteers. However there is always room for more.

Each night/morning we need volunteers:

  • To welcome our guests in the evening. (4 people)
  • To cook the evening meal. (2 people)
  • To sleep overnight. (2 women and 2 men – and you do get half a night's sleep each.)
  • To cook breakfast. (2 people)
  • To be around to help during breakfast. (2 people)
  • To drive the mini-bus evenings and mornings.
  • To accompany the driver each time. (1 person)
  • We also need team leaders. Generally this would be somebody who has already taken part in the shelter in a previous year.

For anyone helping for the first time there is mandatory training (cooks do not need to go) usually at The Storehouse, 116 Caledonia Street, Bradford BD4 7BQ.

If you have any questions please contact Paddy Spiller on 01274 566332.

Background

Every winter from December until March, for the last few years, the church communities of the Bradford area have provided a hot meal, overnight shelter and breakfast for some of the rough sleepers of Bradford. They do this by taking turns to provide the shelter for one week each, Monday to the following Monday. The shelter accepts up to twelve guests – and the guests are low risk and are vetted by the Inn Churches staff. Inn Churches are well aware that the people running the shelter are volunteers, not trained professionals! The website for the Inn Churches project can be found at www.innchurches.co.uk




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