Church and community volunteers are responding to the problem of rough sleeping in Rugby again this winter.
The fifth Rugby Winter Shelter will run from December 12 to March 31.
People who would be sleeping rough or “sofa-surfing” (staying temporarily with friends and relatives) or simply have nowhere to lay their heads this winter can sign up to the shelter and collect their pass at the Hope 4 centre on Newbold Road, Rugby. Guests need to register at the Hope Centre each day to book a bed for the night. This will entitle them – subject to availability and the appropriate rules of admission – to supper, a camp bed and bedding, and a breakfast.
The Rev Dr Michael Bochenski, who chairs the Hope 4 Rugby, said: “When most people think of a homeless person they tend to think of someone sleeping rough on the streets. For some, however, it is in tents, graveyards, under canal bridges, or on park benches, rather than streets.
“Many people who sleep rough will suffer from multiple health problems and are also in greater danger of violence than the general population. This is why for five winters now churches across the town have got together to provide a winter shelter refuge in a church hall somewhere in the town for up to 15 guests each night.”
Over the past four winters an average of 55 people each year used the Rugby Winter Shelter.
This year’s venues are: Sundays - St John the Baptist, Hillmorton; Mondays - St Marie’s; Tuesdays - St George’s; Wednesdays - Rugby Baptist; Thursdays – m2o; Fridays - the Salvation Army and Saturdays - Rugby Methodist.
Call Hope 4 on (01788) 572456 for details.