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Kings School visit

21 July 2017

Kings' School students learn about homelessness first hand during visit

A group of Year 8 students from Kings’ School in Winchester visited the Nightshelter this week (Thursday 20th July) to learn more about issues relating to homelessness. The pupils, who are aged 12 and 13, were accompanied by their teacher and enjoyed a tour of our 17-bed premises. The group were surprised at how homely the Nightshelter is and by the length of time that residents stay here – sometimes for a number of months, until suitable move on accommodation is found for them and their support needs are met.

Michele Price, Nightshelter Manager, said: “We’re always delighted to welcome young people into the Nightshelter to see first-hand what life here is like. They are usually very pleasantly surprised not to find a large room full of bunk beds, with no privacy for residents. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to change perceptions of homelessness and to help people understand that we’re much more than just a roof for the night, and that we offer a very wide range of services to our residents.”

She continued: “Talking to young people about homelessness is so important. It can directly or indirectly affect people of all ages, and last year the Nightshelter gave a bed to 8 people under the age of 21. It’s fantastic that these pupils are keen to engage with such a vital issue.”

If your school or youth group would like to arrange a visit to the Nightshelter, or would like a member of staff from the Nightshelter to come and talk to your group, please call 01962 862050 or visit www.wcns.org.uk.