01962 862050  admin@wcns.org.uk

13 July 2015

Why opening on Sundays has made such a difference - and how you could help

At Winchester Churches Nightshelter, we're always trying to find new ways to help our homeless residents. Last year, we started opening our doors during the day on Sundays, a day of the week when most other homelessness services don't open, and access to local amenities is limited. For this reason, many of our residents found Sundays very difficult to deal with, so much so that it became known as "suicide Sunday".  

With the help of our amazing team of volunteers, we have now been opening on Sunday daytime for over a year. It gives residents the opportunity to relax at the nightshelter, to have a lie-in and a cooked breakfast if they wish, and to join in with social activities such as drawing and 'tea, cake and chat' sessions. Most of our residents now say that Sunday is their favourite day of the week. 

We want to continue offering this valuable service, but we can only do it with the help of volunteers - and we urgently need more. Sunday volunteers offer assistance to the on-site member of staff, making tea, helping tidy up, chatting to residents, and assisting with other tasks. Full training is given. Sunday volunteer slots are generally 3-hours in length, starting from 9am, however we can be flexible if these times don't fit with the church services in your area if perhaps a group from your Church might like to cover the whole date between them. 

If you are interested, please contact us on admin@wcns.org.uk or call Liz Howe on 01962 862050.