Thank you reception for night shelter volunteers

Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter project held a thankyou party at All Saints Church Hall for its volunteers which was attended by Eastbournes Deputy Mayor Cllr Janet Coles. February 28th 2013 E09174P

Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter project held a thankyou party at All Saints Church Hall for its volunteers which was attended by Eastbournes Deputy Mayor Cllr Janet Coles. February 28th 2013 E09174P

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Volunteers who run a winter night shelter in Eastbourne for the town’s homeless and vulnerable community have been thanked for their efforts.

The night shelter is open seven nights a week in the coldest months of the year, December, January and February.

It is provided by several Eastbourne churches cooperating together and is held at different churches on a rota basis. Those taking part include Living Stones, All Saints, Our Lady of Ransom, St Mary’s, the Salvation Army, All Souls and Elim.

The project offers supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping on the streets of Eastbourne.

People using the shelter are referred from FatFleshed Ministries or the Matthew 25 Ministries drop-in centre and are provided with a warm, safe and friendly environment between 7pm and 8am, a hot meal and breakfast and can take part in games or watch television.

Beds, sleeping bags and other key essentials, including transport to set up the shelter each night, have been made possible by a grant from a local Christian-based charity and there is a steady stream of volunteers who man the shelter over the three months.

A thank you tea and cakes event was held for the volunteers in Eastbourne recently and the seven churches which take part have also held their own get togethers to thank the people who give up their time.