Winchester Nightshelter July-August 2017 Update


The Winchester Churches Nightshelter has been faithfully supported by Christians across the city since its inception. See below for an update on their work and how we can all help this summer.

Summer at the Nightshelter
Life at the Nightshelter never slows down, even during the summer. This month we’ve said goodbye to four residents who are happily moving on into new accommodation, and celebrated with another who has successfully interviewed for a job with a local components company. It’s always fantastic to see residents making such positive progress.

Queen’s Award success
We’re still riding high from the success of our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which our wonderful army of 230 volunteers were honoured to receive last month. If you missed it, read the full story on this fantastic achievement – the highest accolade given to volunteer groups across the UK – on our website www.wcns.org.uk.

Plea for blankets and sleeping bags
The weather is certainly glorious, but did you know that we give out blankets and sleeping bags to rough sleepers even during hot spells? Nights can still be very cold, and sleeping rough is uncomfortable no matter how warm the weather is. Our stock cupboard is running low and needs replenishing, so if you have any good quality second-hand blankets or sleeping bags, please drop them directly at the Nightshelter in central Winchester (visit www.wcns.org.uk for directions).

Small donations go a long way
Every month we update our Most Wanted Items – small things that can make a really big difference to the Nightshelter. This month we’re in need of plastic bags, tin foil, toilet roll, biscuits, tins of custard, squash and eggs. Each year, donations of food and domestic items save us around £27,000 – vital money that we can allocate to other services, so even if you donate something small, it really does make a big difference.

Thank you all so much for your support.

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Hannah Gurnham
Marketing and PR Co-ordinator, Winchester Churches Nightshelter

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