Warm shel­ter for rough sleep­ers

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Family Tragedy -

Rough sleep­ers have been pro­vided emer­gency shel­ter dur­ing the re­cent cold snap.

The Se­vere Weather Emer­gency Pro­to­col (Swep) was ac­ti­vated by Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil on Fri­day, and con­tin­ued through­out the week.

In­tro­duced when tem­per­a­tures plunge to pro­tect those liv­ing rough, up to 17 peo­ple each night have been able to keep warm af­ter char­ity Catch­ing Lives opened its overnight shel­ter in Sta­tion Road East.

The beds are in ad­di­tion to the win­ter ser­vice of­fered by the char­ity at a num­ber of churches in the district.

Catch­ing Lives re­ceives £5,000 in set-up costs and an ex­tra £15 per per­son per night from the city coun­cil for its work.

The city coun­cil was the first in the county to ac­ti­vate Swep dur­ing this cold snap.

It is ex­pected to stay in force un­til Sun­day.

Visit the we­biste www.catch­inglives.org/

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