Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Cold Weather Centre Opens Today

And having posted on the benefits of Ivy for over-wintering wildlife let’s now consider those over-wintering humans unfortunate not to have a home.

Today, Thursday 3rd December the Redbridge division of the Salvation Army will be opening the doors to their Night Shelter in Ilford and offering hospitality to the homeless, otherwise known as rough sleepers, during some of the coldest months of the year.

Running until 4th March 2016 the shelter depends heavily on volunteers and should anyone be so minded there are a number of different ways to help depending on availability, skills and interest.

Here are 9 ways to bring hope through the night shelter
  1. Say hello! Get to know the guests at the shelter by volunteering on an evening shift
  2. Donate razors & toiletries
  3. Donate men’s socks, gloves & hats for the shelter to give to guests
  4. Collect tinned goods for the shelter store cupboard at your workplace or place of worship (ask for a list of what’s needed)
  5. Stay overnight – the shelter can’t run without a team to stay overnight
  6. Donate a sleeping bag for someone on the waiting list
  7. Run a 10K or hold a cake sale to raise funds for the shelter
  8. Give an afternoon a week to help keep the store cupboard tidy
  9. Write to your MP or ward councillor pressing them to prioritise genuinely affordable housing in the borough
More information about volunteering can be found here.

The Salvation Army is a Church and registered Charity No. 214779 and in Scotland SC009359
Salvation Army, 15 Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1BH
To support the shelter or for more information contact or 020 8478 2961

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