Inn Churches provides shelter and practical support to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. We have provided over 10,000 bed spaces to people without any accommodation since we started. Growing from a month-long pilot, we are now a thriving community project, with more than 850 volunteers from 70 churches and the wider community in Bradford.
We work throughout the year to provide permanent and lasting change in the lives of guests we have hosted, giving practical support to keep some of the most vulnerable people across Bradford warm and healthy.
Through our Storehouse project, we also now work to tackle food poverty through intercepting, storing and distributing surplus food, turning food waste into healthy and delicious meals in our pay-as-you-feel café and for community groups across the Bradford area.
We are pleased to partner with the Light Church since we started in 2009, our pilot which ran in February 2010 hosted 47 homeless people when the official figure for Bradford was only 2. As Inn Churches has grown we have been pleased to continue the valuable partnership which has seen many of our former guests welcomed into the Light Church family. The Light has provided us with valuable funding over the years as well as providing experienced and kind volunteers for the Winter Shelter. We currently have 3 Light Church family on our staff team. In turn we have been able to support the valuable work of the Foodbank and the wider church projects.
The Light Church has provided 800 bed spaces for the homeless with around 120 individuals who have gone on to be housed.
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.
Unlike many hostels, Inn Churches are able to offer beds to people with ‘no recourse to public funds’ – for instance failed asylum seekers, people who’ve been trafficked, or partners of those with residency rights whose relationships have broken down – as well as those who have recourse to public funds but are not a priority case.
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).
It takes around 12 volunteers each night to run this provision if you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Harry Thogerson.