Night shelter celebrates first anniversary
It is now 12 months since the nightshelter opened in Northampton.
During its first year, the nightshelter was used every night and provided emergency shelter for more 160 men who had been sleeping rough or were at imminent risk of having to sleep rough in Northampton. By working with local housing providers, it has helped 100 of these men to move on successfully into settled accommodation.
Without the support of the hundreds of volunteers who have decorated, equipped and staffed the building, none of the nightshelter’s life-changing work would have been possible. During its first year, 92 volunteers donated a total of more than 7,000 hours of their time, covering the evening, overnight and morning shifts.
Building on the success of its first year, the nightshelter is now working with Goodwill Solutions (a community interest company, based in Moulton Park) to provide everyone who stays at the nightshelter with the help, encouragement and support they need in order to access training and employment opportunities.
Cllr Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “We’ve always said that the nightshelter will provide people with a lot more than just somewhere to sleep for the night.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the nightshelter during the past year, and I am really excited about the training and employment partnership that is being developed between the nightshelter and Goodwill Solutions. It will provide homeless people with even more opportunities to rebuild their lives.”
Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonnightshelter for more information on how you can get involved or support the shelter.