Derby City Churches offering a helping hand for the homeless this festive period

christmasp 083Derby Churches Night Shelter is offering protection from the recent sub-zero temperatures and providing a fresh start in the New Year for the homeless living around Derby city centre.

The Night shelter which will run until the March 31, 2015, has seen an increase in its services from last winter, and has provided a much needed New Year’s meal for people on the streets.

John, 43, of no fixed abode was extremely grateful for the support given by the charity.
He said: “The staff has been amazing and they are like family to me.”

The Charity which was awarded the Best project by the bishop of Derby last year began in response to the serve cuts in funding for homeless beds by the Derby City council.

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Tuckin’ in

Phil Morton, full-time project manager of the night shelter believes enough isn’t being done by the Council.

The 39-year-old said: “The announcement of 85 per cent cuts to welfare has left homeless people just to wander the streets”

“We have to fill the void they have left behind, it’s not ideal we have to do this as this problem shouldn’t exist”.

‘Kind Support’

Cllr Sarah Russel, for housing, finance and welfare of Derby city stated that the recent cuts to housing support was deeply regrettable.

She said: “I did not become a councillor to dismantle our cherished public services”.

Attempting to carry on the success of last year which was the first time a homeless person hadn’t died on the streets during the winter months.

Mr Morton added: “The Night Shelter couldn’t have achieved this goal without everyone’s kind support”

“Even though it’s a short term project our focus is to provide long term support and already we have moved six of our guests to permanent accommodation and onto rehabilitation schemes.”

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Offering a helping hand

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