Inn Churches provides a winter shelter of 12 beds a night for 17 weeks in the coldest months of the year (December to March), in a different partner church each week. The Light Church is delighted to host a week in partnership with Inn Churches.
During our week, we provide guests with a hot meal each night, a warm bed, and breakfast in the morning. But they also get support: from simple conversations with people who listen, to emotional support.
Inn Churches also work behind the scenes to work with each guest to try and find them longer-term accommodation (work which continues throughout the year).
The Light Church has partnered with Inn Churches since we ran their pilot in February 2010 which hosted 47 homeless people when the official figure for Bradford was only 2.
The Light Church has provided 800 bed spaces for the homeless with around 120 individuals who have gone on to be housed since then.
It takes around 12 volunteers each night to run this provision if you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Harry Thogerson.
‘The Light Church has provided us with valuable funding over the years as well as providing experienced and kind volunteers for the Winter Shelter.’ Juli Thompson, Inn Churches Founder and member of The Light Church