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SHELTER FOR SLEEPERS
Trinity Methodist Church in Basildon welcomed rough sleepers into its Sunday Night Shelter. The Basildon Night Shelter for Rough Sleepers scheme began on 1st of December 2016 and ended on 29th March 2017.
Trinity joined forces with Swan Mead Christian Fellowship and the Salvation Army in an effort to help rough sleepers in our community come in off the streets during the coldest months of the year. The Shelters were opened at Swan Mead on Wednesday night; Salvation Army on Thursday; and Trinity on Sunday. The rough sleepers were offered a warm bed, hot drinks and sandwiches and a hearty breakfast before they left in the morning.
Here is Trinity’s Steve Nice’s update on the Trinity Shelter so far.
‘We were able to reach more and more people who are sleeping rough in our midst. Our first Sunday opening saw just one guest arrived at 11pm, but the numbers increased to nine when the cold weather started on New Year Sunday’. Our guests are provided with sleeping bags and roll mats, supplied by generous donations from local organisations and with food. ‘Gradually we got to know some of them and their situation. Each week there" were new faces but several did come a few times. Steve’s full report may be found here
‘On every occasion guests expressed their gratitude for what we provided and were very appreciative of our time given. ‘It was a pleasure to help them but salutary to think that for the rest of the day and much of the week they are outside in often very cold conditions. ‘It is hoped that next year more churches will be able to offer shelter so that a seven night service is offered’. Trinity Shelter is staffed by a team of volunteers, some are pictured below.