Can Thurrock help Basildon Night Shelter? 

from Rev Esther McCafferty (Rector St Martin of Tours, Basildon) on behalf of Basildon Borough Pavement to Home Project 

Housing Justice logoSt Mungos logoThis request has partly come about as Basildon's St Mungo's worker, Jake Hogg, is shared with Thurrock, and that the Thurrock church is exploring various options with the Council concerning the homeless, the displaced and the rough-sleeper. For more information, please see http://www.mungos.org and http://www.housingjustice.org.uk.

For some people a sleeping bag is their home... and sadly the number of homeless is increasing.  
Basildon Churches, local community groups, CAB, Basildon Council, St Mungo's, Relate, DWP, CVS etc., have set up a working group to pilot a Night Shelter for 3 nights a week in different church halls.

The shelters will be open on a Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening 10pm-8am from 1 December 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Homeless people will receive a welcome, a hot drink, a bed for the night and a light breakfast. Earlier these same evenings a hot meal is already provided by the Churches at different locations.

We have signed up to Housing Justice's Shelter in a Pack, which has provided Policies, Procedures and invaluable Consultancy.

We are urgently needing to appoint a p/t Co-ordinator with excellent admin & people skills for 4/5 months (inc. night work) just as soon as good news comes through from our grant application. Please email details of anyone who might be interested to nightshelterbas@gmail.com.

We need your help as volunteers on the different shifts... all that is needed is to sign up to the Church & Community Code of Conduct, complete the volunteer registration form (see downloads to left of screen) and your availability for shifts and email to: nightshelterbas@gmail.com

You will see details on the attached of the (optional) training session on Sunday 20 November 2-7pm and there will be a H&S briefing session at the start of each evening. We will be in touch with details of shift teams.

Thank you for your prayers and support for this new venture that will made a real difference in the lives of the most needy in our communities.

We would be grateful for these details to be circulated around the churches, friends, colleagues & family.

Rev Esther McCafferty
on behalf of Basildon Borough Pavement to Home Project 
Rector St Martin of Tours, Basildon

Esther McCafferty, 03/11/2016

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