Shelter brings respite for rough sleepers

27 January 2017

The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter in Newark has provided temporary accommodation for five different people over the last seven nights who otherwise would have spent the night on the streets.

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

The Housing Options team at Newark and Sherwood District would like to say thank-you to those volunteers who have given their time freely to help out at Barnby Gate Methodist Church.

The district council has been working with Newark Churches Together to ensure that, for the fifth year running, the church opens up as a temporary night shelter for homeless people who are given supper, a warm place to sleep and a cooked breakfast the following morning.

Individuals using the shelter have received advice and support from the district council in an effort to prevent them from returning to the streets and two of the five now have onward accommodation.

Council Homelessness Strategy Officer, Cheska Asman, said: "With their assistance, our volunteers have helped make a real difference to the lives of these rough sleepers and those who have used the shelter have been very appreciative of the facilities that have been made available to them."

The predicted temperature is forecast to rise tonight and for the next five days, therefore, the shelter is now closed. We will continue to monitor the forecast to assess when it may re-open.

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