Homelessness is on the increase, not just in Newport but across the UK.
For some time, Eden Gate’s Night Shelter project has operated during the winter months (November to March).
The project is a partnership with 16 churches in Newport and offers accommodation for up to 12 homeless people, providing them with a bed, hot evening meal and breakfast each morning.
Now the project is being extended to cover the rest of the year.
Eden Gate operations manager Marc Hepton said: “Homelessness doesn’t stop when the weather stops being cold, and our Hill Street building is now fully refurbished to accommodate 10 guests between April and November in addition to the winter shelter.
“This shelter bridges the gap and provides an all-year-round Night Shelter. Our fully functioning summer shelter will now also provide guests with the opportunity to shower, wash their clothes and have a safe locker to store their stuff.
“We are working closely with Welsh Government, Newport City Council and other front-line services in order to make this possible. We do however rely heavily upon the generosity of the public to help fund these services through donations and provide hospitality through volunteering to those who would otherwise be on the streets.”
Eden Gate’s figures show that to host a guest in the Night Shelter for one month providing them with a bed for each evening, a hot meal and breakfast each morning costs about £200.
For the equivalent of just 40p a day, a sponsored bed at Eden Gate will:
- Provide a warm, safe space where our guests can stay
- Provide the guest with the opportunity to get support and practical advice from our fully trained members of staff to help them with resettlement
- Give the guests a meal each night and breakfast each morning
- We will send you quarterly updates about how many people have used your sponsored bed and how your support has helped them
Homelessness can cause people to resort to desperate measures to survive – each sponsored bed will be much more than just a roof over their head. At Eden Gate they will be able to access support with resettlement and various other opportunities to help get them moved on into accommodation.
Sponsor a Bed Scheme
How can i help?
For just £12 a month at Eden Gate’s Night shelter project, you can help take someone off the streets whilst they are awaiting resettlement or residential rehabilitation programs.
What does £12 a month pay for?
Your £12 a month goes directly to Eden Gate to help fund the support and services our guests in the Nightshelter need in order to access resettlement or residential rehabilitation services. It also contributes towards a hot meal each evening and breakfast each morning.
The true cost of providing this service to one guest in the Nightshelter is much more than £12 each month which is why we are reaching out to the community to help us change the lives of the people we are supporting.
How can I pay?
You can set up a standing order with us or a secure payment schedule using our online giving page via this link to TotalGiving
To set up a standing order please call us on 01633 243235 or email email@example.com
Where is my bed?
Your bed will be at our premises on Hill Street.
Will I be the only sponsor of the bed?
Eden Gate’s Sponsor a Bed Scheme is a co-sponsorship scheme with several people sponsoring each bed. Our figures show that to host a guest in the Night Shelter for one month providing them with a bed for each evening, a hot meal and breakfast each morning will cost roughly £200.
How long does a guest stay in the Night Shelter?
This very much depends on the individual; some guests only stay a night and can secure accommodation or other living arrangements quickly whereas others sometimes stay much longer while on a waiting list for accommodation.
Can I cancel my standing order at any time?
Of course! If at any time for any reason you want to stop contributing to the scheme, then please call us and let us know on 01633 243235.
Will my donation be helpful?
Absolutely! We recently asked our Night Shelter guests for some feedback, here’s what they said:
“The best part of the Night Shelter was providing me with a safe, secure and caring environment. The Night Shelter has helped me by providing food and shelter. The people are kind and understanding to talk to and help raise my confidence. The Night Shelter staff have helped with finding a place to live and viewing. They’ve also helped with services and with my benefits.”
“The best part of the Night Shelter was how friendly everyone was. Eden Gate and my support worker have helped me into a hostel and have helped by feeding me.”
“Night Shelter have given me a roof and fed me. The best part has been making friends.”
“Night Shelter has helped me by giving me a place to sleep, food in my belly and kept me safe.”
“Eden Gate staff have helped me with setting up appointments, accessing a local residential rehabilitation centre and transporting me there. I’ve had a safe place to stay overnight.”
“I’ve enjoyed meeting people in the Night Shelter, its helped me to function properly.”
“The Night Shelter has helped me in lots of ways, stability, structure, space, advice and help with other important issues.”
“They have built my confidence up, socialising and meeting new people. The best part has been meeting the staff.”