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18 October 2016

AGM and Supporters Evening

A heartbreaking story of mental breakdown, addiction and the tough road back to recovery…..that was the climax of last week’s AGM and Supporters Evening for the Winchester Churches Nightshelter.

The Nightshelter provides a safe home and step forward to more permanent accommodation for more than 100 of the city’s most vulnerable people.

Supporters packed into the St Peter’s Pastoral Centre in Jewry Street right opposite the nightshelter. They heard local police inspector Jon Turton talk about the war on drugs and the partnership working which aims to stop the supply from London-based dealers. They celebrated the role of volunteers who contribute over 9,000 hours work each year: their role was illustrated in new films made by the Nightshelter. The films were supported by talks from Nightshelter Director, Nigel Bartlett and John Druce from Arqiva who highlighted how corporate sponsorship can benefit the voluntary sector.

But it was the final talk by Jon Walker who stayed at the Nightshelter for several weeks which illustrated most poignantly the work undertaken by the charity. He said:
“Staff and volunteers work so closely together. I was offered support and encouragement but most importantly hope to help me move forward.”

Jon is now keen to highlight issues around men’s mental health and willing to speak to groups in colleges and businesses about the issue. “It doesn’t matter how hard you fall, it’s what you do when you get back up that counts.” He can be contacted via his Facebook page “Getting Back Up.”

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