Hatfield Night Shelter needs 100 volunteers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2018

Hatfield Night Shelter in 2017. Picture: supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

Hatfield Night Shelter in 2017. Picture: supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

If they’re going to help people off the streets this winter, Hatfield Night Shelter will need 100 volunteers.

On Monday, September 10, organisers of the night shelter at St Luke’s Church welcomed over 60 people to a ‘thank you’ event at Hatfield House.

The event was organised in gratitude of all who had been involved in the shelter and kept it afloat during the freezing winter of 2017 to 2018.

Steering group member Naomi Bowler said: “We had a few people sign up again to help this year.

“But we haven’t got enough to open when the weather gets cold.

“We really need local people to step up and help the homeless once again this year.”

While plans for a year-round night shelter are under way to open at Queensway House, with charity Resolve, the shelter at St Luke’s church is planning to be open to act as a complementary service while the other one gets established.

Last winter, 19 homeless people used the shelter, with many of them moving on to more permanent accommodation or employment as a result of engaging with the services provided.

“We couldn’t have done it without some real local heroes,” said Naomi, who volunteered regularly.

Volunteers should attend a training session, even if they helped out last year.

Three training sessions are set for:

Saturday September 22, 9.30am to 11.30am at Hatfield Fire Station

Tuesday October 23, 7pm to 9pm at St Luke’s Church, St Albans Road East

Thursday October 25, 7pm to 9pm at St Luke’s Church, St Albans Road East

Email hatfieldshelter@gmail.com for more information.

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