Night Shelter 2016
How you have helped Real Change
Funds and support given to Night Light winter night shelter
- Just under £14,000 raised through crowdfunding to help support the night shelter.
- Over 200 volunteers gave their time to support the night shelter during a three month pilot.
- Countless items from beds to food donated.
- 32 people who might have found themselves sleeping on the streets now taking steps to secure accommodation following regular visits to the night shelter.
Over 200 people who volunteered their time to help run a pilot winter night shelter were recognised during an event held by the Social Inclusion Partnership.
The ‘thank you’ celebration was organised to mark over 10,000 hours of time given by around 250 people to support the Night Light winter night shelter from December 2016 to February 2017.
Volunteers were thanked by Chair of the Social Inclusion Partnership Cllr Terri Reid, the Bishop of Basingstoke The Rt Revd David Williams and Night Light Project Coordinator Liz Howe.
Night Light was set up by town centre churches in response to the plight of rough sleepers, with the aim of providing a pop-up shelter for five nights a week for those most in need during the three coldest months of the year.
With donations raised through the Real Change not Loose Change crowd funding site set up by Basingstoke Voluntary Action and funding from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Night Light gave 45 people sleeping on the streets a hot meal, a warm bed for the night and an opportunity to seek support and engage with local agencies. The hospitality included recreation activities and a friendly chat with a volunteer.
But its success would not have been possible without the many people who gave up their time each night to welcome their guests into the night shelter, cook food, set up beds, provide support and more.
And this time did make a difference with 32 people, who might otherwise have found themselves sleeping on the streets, taking steps to secure accommodation following regular visits to the night shelter. Significant progress was also made by guests in reducing their alcohol consumption and engaging in conversation.
Comments from guests included “the night shelter has saved my life”.