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04/12/2014

Helping the homeless this winter

Did you know that the number of rough sleepers in Hastings & St Leonards has steadily increased since 2009? As the winter weather starts to bite, it's hard to imagine what it must be like to have nowhere to sleep but the streets.

Last year, the Snowflake Night Shelter welcomed 64 homeless guests over 103 nights, and helped 24 people into long-term accommodation when the project finished. Snowflake is a project run by local churches across the winter months, with different churches in central locations providing their buildings for one night per week each. This year, the project needs your help!

There are already 125 people from all walks of life who have signed up to help this winter (including two people who were once homeless themselves!), but in order to have all the evening, night and morning sessions fully staffed, a further 75 people are needed over the next three months.

Even if you can only volunteer for the occasional shift, serving food in the evening or morning, greeting guests or staying for a single night, your help would be greatly appreciated. Snowflake opened for the winter last week and will provide shelter during the coldest months of the year.

Getting involved, whether it's in a small or big way, is a great opportunity to bless some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities over what can be the hardest months of the year for many. For more information, visit the Snowflake website.

Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
07:36


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