Steps made to create homeless night shelter as working group formed

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 January 2018

A group of homeless people living in shelters on Weston seafront have been on the receiving end of community support in recent weeks.

A group of homeless people living in shelters on Weston seafront have been on the receiving end of community support in recent weeks.


A homelessness working group has been formed to help create a night shelter for Weston-super-Mare.

Members of Somewhere To Go, Victoria’s Kitchen, Emmanuel Church and St Paul’s Church met at Victoria Methodist Church, in Station Road, on Friday to look at ways of tackling the issue.

The church-run groups were joined by representatives from the YMCA, North Somerset Council, Addaction, Comfort At Christmas and others to listen to talks by people who had already established shelters.

Deacon Gary Hoare chaired the meeting, which saw more than 30 people listen to Jonathon Lee, from Bristol’s Crisis Centre, and Gareth Jones from Wallich in Cardiff.

Mr Hoare said: “It is not going to happen overnight and homelessness is not going to get any better, it will only get worse because of the climate we live in.

“We need to get ourselves ready. It is about taking a step at a time and, with this insight, we can now move forward.”

Wallich operates a night shelter in Cardiff from November to the end of March for the city’s 70 rough-sleepers. It runs in a five-bedroom house which sleeps 12 people.

Mr Jones said the charity worked alongside the local authority to set up the shelter and rough-sleepers are referred through the council.

Crisis chief executive Mr Lee said his charity operates differently, working alongside the church on two types of shelter.

He said: “We offer a women-only shelter, Spring Of Hope, which we launched in 2011, which offers a safe and comfortable space for female rough-sleepers.

“We also work with churches who host a night shelter throughout the winter months.”

The group will now look into locations, costs, volunteers and council backing for its own shelter.

At its most recent count the council recorded four rough-sleepers in Weston, all of which have been offered help.

More from Weston Mercury

10 minutes ago

A Cheddar school has been praised for its ‘shared vision for care and inclusion’ by an education watchdog.

Read more

A Somerset village has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to create a community hub after enduring months of problems.

Read more

A plan to build futuristic magnet train between Weston and Bristol has been proposed to avoid the creation of a ‘dormitory town the size of Wells’.

Read more

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects will be dedicated this week.

Read more

Parking in Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar will be free on the two Saturdays before Christmas.

Read more

Burnham’s Princess Theatre is set to get a makeover after the town council’s bid for a major Government grant was approved.

Read more

A seven-year-old boy was rescued from the mud at Brean after he became stuck while out exploring with his family.

Read more

A ‘vital’ £500,000 investment into mental health services hopes to make a significant difference to young people.

Read more

More than 7,500 hoax calls were made to police and ambulance services in Somerset over the past three years.

Read more

Replacement play equipment at a Worle park will finally be installed next year.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists