This winter we will be working in conjunction with the local churches of St Albans offering additional emergency winter beds, this will supplement the 5 extra beds we already offer at Open Door in this cold period.
Winter provision often relies on teams of volunteers working anti-social hours through the coldest nights of the year, and delivering services with limited resources.
Could you help? We will be looking for volunteers to help facilitate this new project.
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This winter to prevent people from dying on the streets in periods of extreme weather The Open Door Charity supported by the City Centre Churches will be setting up The Winter Beds Project to provide shelter to rough sleepers.
The Winter Beds Project will provide 5 Severe Weather Emergency Provisions (SWEP) bed spaces at Trinity United Reform church in addition to those provided by The Open Door Night Shelter. The Winter Beds Project will be run by volunteers and is a community response to help people experiencing homelessness in St Albans.
As the winter months’ approach and temperatures plummet there are people preparing to bed down and make the streets their home in St Albans, one of the wealthiest cities in England. The number of people rough sleeping on the streets of our city increases year on year and in winter time already vulnerable people risk their lives living on the streets. Vulnerable people, without social or support networks, often experiencing mental and physical health problems and issues with drugs and alcohol. The situation in St Albans is only set to get worse as welfare benefit changes and a lack of affordable accommodation force an increasing number of people onto the streets.
The Open Door Night Shelter, managed by Hightown Housing Association, offers 12 bed spaces to homeless people in St Albans and additional beds when the weather becomes severe, but last year 19 people were recorded as rough sleeping in the annual rough sleeper estimate conducted by St Albans City Council.
The Open Door Winter Beds Project is run by volunteers and are looking for others to help support the running of the Winter Beds Project this winter. Volunteers are needed in the evening, throughout the night and in the morning to perform a variety of roles including:
We are also looking for volunteers to support the Winter Beds Project Manager in coordinating volunteers.
The Winter Beds Project will run between January and March 2018, volunteers will be on a rota and only called upon if the weather becomes severe during this time. Volunteers will be provided with full training provided by Housing Justice and supported by a paid Project Manager and an experienced team of staff from The Open Door Night Shelter.
If you would like the opportunity to save lives this winter then please register your interest by either: