Thanks to emergency shelter volunteers
Volunteers who manned the emergency night shelter for the homeless in Newark during the recent cold weather have been thanked for their hard work and commitment.
An average of six rough sleepers each night made use of the facility which was temporarily set up at the Barnby Gate Methodist Church from Sunday, February 25 until Sunday, March 4 while outside night-time temperatures dropped well below 0°C.
A total of 30 volunteers took turns to man the shelter each night over an eight-day period to ensure that those without anywhere to stay overnight were able to obtain a hot supper and breakfast and bed down in a warm, safe environment. Eight different people used the facility, amounting to 50 bed spaces during the time the shelter was open.
Newark and Sherwood District Council Homelessness Strategy Officer, Cheska Asman, said: “The shelter volunteers have done a fantastic job over the past week when the weather has been bitterly cold. They have helped make a real difference for people who were in need of a warm meal and accommodation."
Council Business Manager - Housing & Safeguarding,Leanne Monger, said: “We’d like to say a big thank-you to our volunteers and to all those who help support the shelter arrangement behind the scenes.”
All the individuals using the facility received advice and support from the district council in an effort to prevent them from returning to the streets.
The shelter, which opens when outside temperatures are forecast to fall below 0°C on three consecutive nights or more, is a partnership between the district council and Newark Churches Together and has been running for six years.
If you would like to volunteer, please email Cheska Asman or telephone 01636 650000.