Shel­ter vol­un­teer call

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

A NIGHT shel­ter run by home­less char­ity, St Mungo’s, and sup­ported by Hilling­don Coun­cil is look­ing for do­na­tions and help from lo­cal res­i­dents.

The win­ter night shel­ter will be based in Hayes and is open for the 12th year run­ning. It will pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fast and evening meals for vul­ner­a­ble men who have been sleep­ing rough in the bor­ough dur­ing the win­ter months.

St Mungo’s is keen to re­cruit vol­un­teers to help with cook­ing, sup­port­ing the clients, run­ning the shel­ter and more gen­er­ally pro­vid­ing a friendly face.

The shel­ter will be open from Mon­day 16 Jan­uary and vol­un­teers are needed to help dur­ing the evening, overnight and oc­ca­sional morn­ing shifts.

Do­na­tions of food, clothes and toi­letries are also grate­fully re­ceived.

St Mungo’s will work with the coun­cil’s Home­less Preven­tion team, they will look to move guests to more sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion and de­velop their sup­port net­work.

Cllr Philip Corthorne, cabi­net mem­ber for so­cial ser­vices, hous­ing, health and well­be­ing, said: “Hilling­don Coun­cil is de­lighted to team up with St Mungo’s in or­der to help peo­ple in need dur­ing the harsh win­ter months.”

Cliff Dy­mond, St Mungo’s re­gional head, said: “We are very pleased that Hilling­don has agreed to sup­port this ini­tia­tive. We will be work­ing closely with lo­cal com­mu­nity part­ners and thank those who have al­ready gen­er­ously come for­ward to of­fer their time and en­ergy.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to vol­un­teer, con­tact Nayo at nayo.hunt@ mun­ or Cliff at c l i ff. dy mon d @ mun g o s. org or call on 07979 680924.

Photo: Getty Images/ Christo­pher Fur­long

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