Caerphilly churches unite to provide shelter to homeless
Tuesday 13th of February 2018
Churches in the Caerphilly county borough have again united to provide shelter to the homeless this winter.
The Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter project is run in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Housing Advice Team, Cornerstone Support Services Ltd and local churches. ;
Now in its sixth year, Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter is seeing nine churches and a team of volunteers work to provide shelter, hot meals, essential support and advice to the homeless during the most difficult months of the year.
On Sunday 28th January Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, spent an evening with night shelter volunteers at St Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Caerphilly. ; Wayne David MP also attended, along with Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Community Councillors Jill Winslade and Amanda McConnell.
Cllr Phipps said “The success of Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter relies upon the efforts of the church co-ordinators and volunteers; without them the project would not be possible. ; I’d like to thank the volunteers at St Helen’s Church for the warm welcome they gave us and can I also thank all of the churches and volunteers involved across the county borough. ; It was an incredibly worthwhile experience spending time here at the night shelter; finding out more about the support being provided and meeting the guests.&; ;
Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter has been operational since 3rd December 2017 and will run until 1st March 2018. ; The service is run on a referral only basis; the referral form, for anyone who would like to access the project, can be found online under the ‘Homeless or at risk’ section at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/housing or by calling the council’s Housing Advice Centre on 01443 873552. ; If anyone is aware of someone who may be sleeping rough they can contact the Housing Advice Centre or Andrew Clarke from Cornerstone Support Services Ltd on ; 07946 537777 for advice.
Source: http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/News/News-Bulletin/January-2018/Caerphilly-churches-unite-to-provide-shelter-to-ho (Thu Feb 1st 2018)