Night shelter arrangements for rough sleepers

26 February 2016

Rough sleepers will be offered a place to stay in Newark tonight and over the weekend as temperatures drop.

The night shelter opens when outside temperatures are forecast to fall below 0C degrees on three consecutive nights or more. 

Newark and Sherwood District Council is working with Barnby Gate Methodist Church to ensure that, for the fourth year running, the Methodist Church in Newark will open up as a temporary night shelter for homeless people who will be given supper, a camp bed to sleep on and breakfast the following morning.

When the shelter opens a poster is placed outside the church by Newark and Sherwood District Council. The council and its partner organisations such as the police, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and supported housing organisations have also been  informed.

The shelter, which is manned by volunteers, will open at 9pm and rough sleepers must access the shelter before the doors close at 10.30pm.

Individuals using the shelter will receive advice and support from the district council in an effort to prevent them from returning to the streets.

Throughout the winter months, an average of 11 homeless people have used the facilities being offered during the nights that the shelter is open.
If you need, or know of somebody who needs to make use of the service please call the district council on 01636 650000. 

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