Shel­ter opens for home­less men

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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