The Bexley Winter Shelter project came out of a compassionate vision from the Churches in the London Borough of Bexley.
The idea is to provide a warm, safe and comfortable environment where those who found themselves sleeping on the streets in winter could come. There they will be provided with hot evening meals and breakfast, warm sleeping arrangements, washing facilities, toiletries, hair cuts and fresh clothes as required.
In partnership with us and the Citizens Advice Bureau we will seek to help find and furnish accommodation, to find employment, with their benefit claims, to resolve debt issues, to address health concerns and to liaise with family members.
The venues are generally church-based and are run by volunteers from all walks of life over three shifts per night - these being hosted at a different venue each night of the week with different volunteers.
Volunteers help by cooking, laying up tables, serving food and of course washing up and tidying up afterwards. They serve refreshments as the guests arrive and chat/engage with them for the rest of the evening. They lay out and prepare bedding as required and ensure that the premises are left clean and tidy the next morning after breakfast.
The rough sleepers are our guests and they have to receive an invitation to come following an assessment by us. We do not operate an open-door policy for the safety and security of fellow-guests and volunteers.
We are financed by generous donations from churches, individuals and concerned groups.
Since 2017 the churches in Bexley have provided free meals and overnight accommodation for homeless men during the winter months.
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