You may or may not have heard by now about our exciting new project … Nightshelter Plus! If you haven’t then we would love to tell you more about it …
A bit of background first …
Newport Nightshelter has been successfully running since 2009 saving to date a total of 10,301 nights sleeping rough. During the coldest winter months (November to March), 16 different churches in Newport open their doors and hearts to welcome in the city’s homeless from the streets. We provide a hot supper, drinks, 12 warm safe beds for the night, toiletries and breakfast in the morning. The Nightshelter isn’t just a bed however, it offers so much more than that! Our volunteers provide our guests with companionship and our experienced staff provide support to access fixed accommodation and provide support to access drug & alcohol rehabilitation services either in Newport or outside the area.
The winter nightshelter is a successful project and will continue to work thanks to the generosity and support of our partnering churches and volunteers that keep it running each year.
Newport Winter Nightshelter will not change and will continue to partner with local churches to deliver winter emergency accommodation.
What is different about Newport Nightshelter Plus?
We acknowledge that homelessness doesn’t stop when the Nightshelter closes in March and in recent years it has become increasingly hard putting people back on the street when the Nightshelter closes!
Newport Nightshelter Plus
A little over a year ago an idea was put forward to the Council for a continuation of Nightshelter into the summer months to bridge this gap. We proposed a fixed location at our premises on Hill Street, however, our building was far from suitable to safely accommodate this and would need a full renovation to provide this. By the grace of God all the little things started falling into place; we we’re offered a substantial amount of money for the renovation by Newport City Council via a grant from Welsh Government and our landlord (The Salvation Army) fully supported our plans to allow these renovations on the building. Little did we know that a year later our vision would start becoming a reality!
Nightshelter Plus will run from April to November at our location on Hill Street and will provide 10 emergency bed space’s and resettlement support throughout the summer months to those sleeping rough in Newport. Nightshelter Plus is also not a drop-in service. Everyone who accesses the shelter MUST be referred from one of our partnering referral organisations.
How can you help?
Volunteer with us…
By becoming a volunteer at Eden Gate you will be helping us care for some of Newport’s most vulnerable by providing hospitality and support in a calm, relaxed environment. As a small charity we rely heavily upon volunteers and donations. We have a fantastic team and without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to provide a range of services and support to our guests. Volunteering not only gives you the opportunity to serve but you will also become an integral part of our team and meet a diverse range of people. For more information about volunteering with us on our Newport Nightshelter Plus project please see the attached documentation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
As a non-profit independent charity, we rely heavily upon donations from the public in order to feed, clothe and support the guests that access our services. Without these we simple couldn’t open. No matter the amount you donate you we are grateful of your support and you will help change the lives of those we work with.
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