Our Lady and St Joseph Parish
Aire Valley

Inn Churches / Winter Shelter 2018


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

In the 2016 - 2017 winter period the Winter Shelter was run at 14 different churches from St Winifred's in Buttershaw over to All Saints in Keighley, provided 1,344 bed spaces as well as 2,240 evening meals. We helped 26 guests to find longer term accommodation and 8 have found permanent employment.

We provided the shelter at St Mary and St Monica's this winter from Monday evening 10th December to Monday morning 17th December 2018. 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.

The latest version of the rota for this winter can be viewed at www.ourladyandstjoseph.org.uk/documents/RotaWinterShelter2018.pdf

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

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

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.
The Wellsprings Bradford organisation wellspringstogether.org.uk do much work for and with homeless people in Bradford and have produced a leaflet on where meals are available. Download their leaflet here

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