Shelter opens for homeless men
A HOMELESS shelter opened in Hillingdon on Monday to take rough sleepers off the streets of the borough.
The temporary centre has been set up by St Mungo’s Broadway, in partnership with Hillingdon Council and will offer respite from the winter weather for up to eight men each evening until the end of February.
Volunteers will help run the centre and assist with activities and cooking.
Extra helpers are being sought as well as donations of food, as breakfast and evening meals will be provided.
Luton Sinfield, St Mungo’s assistant director, said: “As temperatures drop, there is a real danger for homeless people’s lives if they sleep outside. We will be giving people a warm bed and a hot meal, but will also be looking to the future and people’s long term recovery from being homeless.
“We are thrilled that Hillingdon Council has agreed to support this initiative so that the shelter will also be an opportunity to enable people to make some positive steps in their lives.”
Cllr Philip Corthorne, the council’s cabinet member for social services, health and housing, said: “Helping vulnerable people during the cold winter months is a priority for every local authority at this time of year.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation can contact Nadeem Janjua at St Mungo’s Broadway by emailing nadeem.janjua@ mungos.org or calling 07736 273 654.
n PRIORITY: Councillor Philip Corthorne