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Winter shelters follow the pack

 
March 10th 2011
 


At least five new cold weather shelters opened up across the country this winter, following a drive by charity Housing Justice.

New church shelters were piloted in Chesterfield, Leicester, Birmingham, Ealing and Westminster, after the Christian charity launched its Shelter in a Pack guide in December last year.

Sally Leigh, London and shelters co-ordinator at the organisation, said that most church shelters in London had been full this winter. "We are anticipating an increasing demand for more shelters throughout the country as communities start experiencing the impact of cuts to benefits and increasing hardship among the most vulnerable in our society," she told The Pavement.

The pack, which can be downloaded from the Housing Justice website, offers advice on everything from the cost of setting up a winter shelter to dispelling fears about anti-social behaviour - and has been a real success, said the charity. "Discussions are also taking place on how to establish new shelter projects next winter in Ipswich, Chiswick, Wimbledon, Halifax, Keighley and Enfield," added Leigh.

•  Details on the shelters and the Shelter in a Pack guide can be found at the Housing Justice website

 
 
 

March 2011

 

Contents

From frumpy to funky: "Fab pads" launch nationwide with style

Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!

 

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