Hatfield’s church night shelter to reopen as ‘back-up’ for permanent refuge plans

PUBLISHED: 15:33 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 14 August 2018

On the way to St Luke's Church. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

On the way to St Luke's Church. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

With plans for a permanent night shelter afoot, the original Hatfield project for rough sleepers will open again this winter until the new facility is fully established.

The first thing that greets you at the shelter is a table spread with food under the great stained glass window. Picture: Mia JankowiczThe first thing that greets you at the shelter is a table spread with food under the great stained glass window. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

The nine-bed overnight refuge at St Luke’s Church is planning to open its doors in addition to the service planned by the new Hatfield Night Shelter (HNS).

The St Luke’s shelter is where HNS first opened as a temporary project last year, leading to calls for a year-round shelter.

Those calls are being answered by the HNS Steering Group in their efforts to open up at Queensway House, where the drug and alcohol charity Resolve operates.

This initiative has received several funding pledges from both local government and businesses, and its team has submitted a planning application for the adjustments needed to the building.

• READ MORE: Hatfield night shelter receives council funding pledge

However, while this service establishes itself, the team at St Luke’s Church announced today (August 14) that they’ll reopen their service in November and will then phase out after the Queensway shelter is in full swing.

Volunteers and guests at St Luke’s Church will enjoy an upgraded service from last winter, complete with wifi and luxury toilets and showers provided by Wadsworth Events.

Chris Welsh, HNS Steering Group director, said: “The funding secured by Resolve for a 365 service is a fantastic development for some of Hatfield’s most vulnerable people.

“In order for this to be a success, we need the community to come forward and volunteer their time to help the homeless at both sites.”

Volunteers, fundraisers and donors will be invited to attend an event at Hatfield House on September 10 to celebrate the success of the previous winter and to discuss the upcoming developments.

To register your interest to volunteer, email hatfieldshelter@gmail.com, or send a message to Hatfield Night Shelter on Facebook.

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