Hatfield Night Shelter gets an extension to its opening dates

PUBLISHED: 17:04 23 February 2018

Hatfield Night Shelter getting ready for the winter. Picture: supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

Hatfield Night Shelter getting ready for the winter. Picture: supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

supplied by Hatfield Night Shelter

Amid calls to keep its doors open beyond the initial closing date, the vital service has managed to secure some more time.

The night shelter based out of St Luke’s Church had originally planned that the end of its trial season would be March 10 this year.

However, the success of the service - as well as an impending cold snap - has led to calls for its services to be extended.

Now, the shelter has secured the necessary support and planning permission so that homeless people and rough sleepers can count on its services until March 31.

The shelter depends on volunteer care and in-kind support, as well as donations, to keep running.

Meals are provided by Emmaus, Resolve connect guests to vital services, and even the portaloos are offered at a discount.

Volunteer Naomi Bowler said: “We know that there was a desire from the volunteers and from the guests to keep going.

“Some of the guests call this their home now.”

She added: “The church has been more than happy to extend the use of their premises.

“We really appreciate their generosity, because they are giving up their regular place of worship.

“We’re really pleased to be able to continue offering this service.”

A petition is currently in the works calling for the shelter to be supported year-round.

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