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21 November 2019

Winter beds

Paul Webber 2019 Paul Webber Former Minister
Southampton at Night

Sleeping on the streets is rough so we are joining with other churches around the city to open our buildings to those sleeping rough this winter.

Above Bar Church will be hosting on Fridays - 17, 24, 31 January and 7 February. This is part of a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support partnership believes that ‘No-one deserves to live a life on the streets. We believe they deserve better.’

Winter beds 2019

We see people sleeping rough every day as we come into our church building. As people who follow the example of Jesus, who was a friend to the marginalised, our desire is to find a way to make sure no-one needs to sleep in a shop-front or car park during the coldest months this winter.

A trial night shelter was run on Wednesday 13 November at Saint Mary’s Church Parish Office, taking a few people off the streets on a freezing cold night. The shelter ran very well and was led by volunteers from a range of churches. During the feedback session the guests talked positively about the experience.

Training will take place at the end of November. There are still places left!

You can volunteer for one or more of the dates available. If you can volunteer to cook, serve the food or stay overnight click on the links below:





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