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 evening to the following Monday morning. 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
The 2017-2018 Winter Shelter in Bradford ran for 112 nights at 16 different churches!
We will provide the shelter at St Mary and St Monica's this winter from Monday evening 9th December to Monday morning 16th December 2019. 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. The latest version of the rota can be seen at documents/RotaWinterShelter2019.pdf.
Each night/morning we need volunteers:
For anyone helping for the first time there is mandatory training (cooks do not need to go) on the evening of October 24th, from 7pm to 9pm at The Storehouse, 116 Caledonia Street, Bradford BD4 7BQ
If you have any questions please contact Paddy Spiller on 01274 566332.
Winter Shelter 2019 - Warning
Thank you to all those who helped with the winter shelter last year.
The diocese have asked us that in the future everyone who helps and is in contact with our guests on the shelter
should be DBS checked. This need not include cooks as they have little personal interaction with
the guests. I know that many of you are already checked, if so please would you show your DBS forms to
Paddy Spiller or Rose Lanigan
What can you do when someone is homeless?
Bradford Council provide an excellent link
How to get help if you are homeless for people within the Bradford area, but most Local Authorities
will have very similar schemes.