Swansea Hope Niqht Shelter
The Swansea Hope Night Shelter for the Homeless closed at the end of March.
The Shelter helped to take over thirty rough sleepers off the streets of Swansea. The majority of them were also helped to find accommodation of their own.
The Night Shelter has been running for seven years now and works in partnership with the City Council, police, local agencies and homeless charities. The idea is a simple and effective one. Seven Churches across the city open up their buildings for one night a week and a huge team of volunteers help to provide a warm welcome, a hot meal and breakfast, a comfortable bed and a safe place to spend the night.
The Shelter opened on Tuesday evenings in All Saints' Churchrooms and was run by three teams working in shifts. There was the 6pm-10pm evening shift, when we shared a hearty home cooked meal. This was followed by the overnight shift from 10pm to 6am. The last shift covered breakfast from 6am to 830pm.
A third of our volunteers were from All Saints' and Norton. Once again we were joined by helpers from Llansamlet, Sketty, Llwynderw and Newton parishes and from Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Some of our volunteers doubled up to help run the Monday Shelter at St Stephen's, Port Tennant, which was again co-ordinated by Sonia Jones.
We thank all those who volunteered to help again this year. This important ministry of outreach to those on the margins of our society makes such a difference. The local homeless nurse, who has visited us most weeks, spoke of how a friendly smile, a welcome and the sharing in a meal really does help to turn people's lives around.
We also thank all those who have supported the shelter financially, especially at Christmas. We raised in excess of £1,200 which more than offset the cost of food, heating and lighting. Your generosity has also meant that we have enough money to fund the necessary fire safety improvements to the hall [which we need to do to comply with the regulations].
A full report of this year's Tuesday Shelter, with information about the number of people we have helped and who volunteered will be printed in this year's Annual Parish Report.
Special thanks to our Parish Co-ordinator, April Beynon, for overseeing the Shelter on Tuesday evenings and for filling in the gaps when volunteers have not been able to come. We also thank Russell Morris for assisting April in this role and for taking in the bags of bedding and clothes every Tuesday morning.