Nottingham’s homeless people can get help from a winter shelter after it was revealed that the number of rough sleepers in the city is at an 18-year high.

The two charities Emmanuel House and Framework, have worked together to open the shelter which will cater for rough sleepers over 18.

There are approximately 22 beds to provide guests with a warmer and safer place to sleep throughout November until March 2017.

Alastair Paylor, Centre Manager at Emmanuel House, said: ” The fundamental aim for the shelter is to try and prevent people dying on the streets!”.

The shelter will be first located at the Trent Vineyard and will then move to Thomas Helwys Baptist Church, St Saviours in the Meadows, Mansfield Baptist Church and then The Friends Meeting House over the next few months.

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Homeless man on the streets of Nottingham

It is expected though that despite the number of beds, there will be a higher demand than previous years due to a rise in homeless people.

 

Video: Alastair Paylor talks about the aims of the Winter Shelter. 

Nottingham has seen the number of rough sleepers increase to 38 from 14 in one year alone. This is now at an 18 year high.

Framework, which helps the homeless in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire has helped 11,611 people in 2015.

Video: A man speaks to us about homelessness from his own experience of living on the streets.

Both charities aim to get those who come to the shelter in the coming weeks to take the extra support that is also on offer.

This includes both physical and emotional support and help to try and get long term housing.

Volunteers play an important part at Emmanuel House. As an organisation, they pride themselves on offering support to a wide range of people from across the local community.

These volunteers who will run the winter shelter shall help to prepare basic meals and check guests in. If you are interested in volunteering then call Cynthia on 01159507140 or via email at: wintersheltervolunteering@emmanuelhouse.org.uk