Night shelter for homeless men to open

Hillingdon council is once again opening a winter night shelter for homeless men during the coldest nights of the year.

The shelter, which is a result of close collaboration and joint working with some of the council’s key external partners and local church groups, will run from 16 January – 26 February.

Rough sleepers will be provided with a bed and advice and support to help them find alternative accommodation once the shelter closes.

Donations for the shelter, including clothing and shopping vouchers, to help provide meals, would be gratefully received. If you could volunteer to assist in the shelter itself, this would also be appreciated.

Now in its sixth year, the winter night shelter will be staffed by experienced managers working alongside a bank of volunteers who will help by either supplying an evening meal, assist with various roles in the evening or provide sleeping night cover as back up to the manager.

Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, Cllr Philip Corthorne, said: “This shelter will provide much needed support to vulnerable men through some of the harshest months of the year and will hopefully help them get back on their feet for 2012.”