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Horsham winter night shelter awarded £5,000

Horsham Churches Together have opened a night shelter to help the homeless this winter - Photo by Derek Martin

Horsham Churches Together have opened a night shelter to help the homeless this winter - Photo by Derek Martin

The Horsham winter night shelter that started this month has been awarded £5,000 by West Sussex County Council.

The North Horsham County Local Committee (CLC) met on Monday to discuss the application from Horsham Matters to pay for the shower room and bedding in the three month facility for homeless people in the town.

Run for the first time this year in St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Springfield Road, the shelter has provided beds for up to six people each night.

Chief executive of Horsham Matters David Sheldon said: “The grant has given us the power to afford a shelter and also cover some of the basic costs of the equipment we need to run it.

“We are delighted that members of the CLC are meeting the need of the most vulnerable in Horsham and is something they wanted to support.”

The number of people staying there has varied from night to night and manned by hundreds of volunteers from the Horsham churches, the shelter has had a successful start.

David said: “Lots of the volunteers have said it’s been a privilege to be a part of it and found it a really good experience. We’ve been able to offer a bed to those who would otherwise be out on the streets.

“It has been fantastic the way people have responded throughout the town. We have had so many donations from individuals as well.”

Horsham Matters and Horsham Churches Together, who put together the plans for the night shelter, will be reviewing its work after it finishes at the end of February.

David said: “It has uncovered for us what kind of long term provision we need to look at. We are developing a relationship with Ark and we hope to help the guests move on to accommodation and care plans.”

 

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