Homeless charity Emmanuel House has launched its winter shelter and hopes to keep rough sleepers off the street over the next coming months.
The Emmanuel House winter shelter will run from November to March 2017 providing more than 22 beds to rough sleepers.
With the number of people sleeping rough across the city at an 18-year-high, the shelter is needed more than ever.
The winter shelter provides a safe and warm place for those in desperate need of a place to stay.
Garry Drewry, a senior support worker at Emmanuel is concerned about the rise in the number of people using the shelter.
“The shelter should actually be a short term project but it seems to be getting bigger and bigger”
Senior support worker Gary Drewry talking about the increase in the number of people using the winter shelter.
Mr Drewry also said:”There is a lot of demand for the winter shelter the beds are usually full and there is a waiting list already.”
Emmanuel House tries to rehouse every person that uses the many services the centre offers.
The winter shelter runs on donations and the goodwill of local businesses and people.
A homeless ex-serviceman who does not want to be named has found the basic services provided by Emmanuel house vital for his own survival.
He believes that homelessness is a real problem that people sadly choose to ignore.
“Often we are so engaged in our own busy lives that we don’t see what is going on in other people’s lives”
An ex-service man speaking about how the government, in particular, are oblivious to the issues surrounding homelessness.
For more information about how you can support Emmanuel House and the winter shelter please visit http://www.emmanuelhouse.org.uk/
- Emmanuel House aims to support homeless, vulnerable or isolated adults in and around Nottingham.
- They provide accessible services that meet basic needs and empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
- They welcome 60-100 each weekday and 30-50 at weekends. Nearly 200 new Visitors (service users) with complex and multiple needs each year.
- They rely on volunteers who alongside their staff each week.