The St Nicholas Centre is becoming the home of the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter during October, November and December 2018. It will offer warmth, food, beds and shower facilities for up to 15 guests each night once the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter opens on Thursday 11 October. The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter is looking forward to having one base for the first half of the winter season. It will reduce the upheaval for guests.
Anna Hughes says “It is a privilege to be able to offer the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter a home this year. The St Nicholas Centre is special to us and we hope that with our support the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter will have a positive impact on our local communities. During last year’s cold and long winter we saw first-hand the problems of people living on our streets and agreed that we wanted to help those most in need. The Selig (Suffolk) Trust has received funding from the Ipswich Round Table and Ipswich Borough Council to equip the church with a shower and we are working with the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter to offer the best accommodation possible.”
The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter is run by the Selig (Suffolk) Trust, an Ipswich-based charity. They have received some funding from Ipswich Borough Council towards the cost of opening eight weeks earlier than usual but they will still need support from local individuals, groups, trusts and companies in order to keep running until March 2019.
The work of the Ipswich Night Shelter (now in its 8th year) relies solely on donations. If you would like to donate, please visit: www.iwns.org.uk/donate. If you would like to be a volunteer, please visit: www.iwns.org.uk/apply-to-volunteer/
Article originally appeared in The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich web site.