More Rugby churches to offer shelter this winter

The scheme runs from December 1 and March 31
The scheme runs from December 1 and March 31

The Rugby Winter Shelter will be opening its doors again next month to people who are homeless or badly housed in Rugby.

Churches across the town are working together to provide a place for people to spend the night, with the scheme running from December 1 and March 31.

Two more churches are joining in this year – St George’s in Hillmorton and the Rugby Christian Fellowship on Cambridge Street.

The scheme is supported by national charity Housing Justice. Chief executive Alison Gelder said: “This mobilisation of churches, community groups, and volunteers is definitely something to celebrate.”

But Ms Gelder believes more needs to be done to help house people. She said: “Night Shelters are part of the answer, but are not a substitute for safe, secure and affordable accommodation which is no longer available to an increasing proportion of the poorest in our society.”

About 200 volunteers looked after visitors over four months during last winter’s Winter Shelter scheme in Rugby.

A total of 53 registered guests were cared for. Six of these were female, most were British-born and the average age was 32.

Call organisers Hope 4 on (01788) 572456 for details.

Daily guide to where to find a bed:

Sundays – St John the Baptist, Hillmorton

Mondays – St Marie’s, Dunchurch Road

Tuesdays – St George’s, John’s Avenue, Hillmorton

Wednesdays – Rugby Baptist, Regent Place

Thursdays – Rugby Christian Fellowhip, Cambridge Street

Fridays – Salvation Army, Bennfield Street

Saturdays – Rugby Methodist Centre, Russelsheim Way