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St Nicholas Centre opens its doors to the Winter Night Shelter

Monday 22nd October 2018

The St Nicholas Centre is opening its doors this winter by becoming the home of the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter during October, November and December 2018. 

The St Nicholas Centre adjoins the office for the Church of England in Suffolk.  It is an ideal location to provide a single venue for the shelter. 

The centre is a former closed church and will offer warmth, food, beds and shower facilities for up to 15 guests each night once the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter opens on October 11th.

Anna Hughes says “It is a privilege to be able to offer the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter a home this year.  As a former church, the St Nicholas Centre is a special place 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.     

Julia Hancock from the Selig (Suffolk) Trust says “The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter is a valuable resource in Ipswich and having a single location for part of the winter will enable us to focus more of our efforts on supporting our guests to find accommodation and to link up with the full range of support provided by local organisations.  We know that with our support, and that of all the other local organisations working in this field, our guests will find work, make significant improvements to their health, access long-term housing and re-establish connections with their families.  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.” 

Shelter staff work closely with guests to help them make positive changes.  Guests are encouraged and supported to access the help and advice they need to improve the quality of their lives. The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter supports them to find long-term accommodation, regain their self-esteem and find their place in society. They offer more than a bed and a meal - they offer hope, community and friendship.

The Shelter is currently seeking applications for volunteers (new and experienced) in readiness for the start of the 2018/19 winter season in October.  If you would like to be a volunteer please visit: www.iwns.org.uk/apply-to-volunteer/