A winter night shelter for the homeless in Hastings and St Leonards has received a welcome funding boost.
The Snowflake Night Shelter was awarded a £5,000 grant from Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s Community Safety Fund earlier this month.
In 2014/15 the shelter, which is open seven nights a week from December to February, assisted 58 guests who stayed overnight and of those 26 were given assistance to ‘move on’ during the winter.
Andrew Crighton, who accepted the grant on behalf of the registered charity, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, which will be used to provide supervised overnight accommodation seven nights a week through December to the end of February to homeless people who would otherwise sleep rough in Hastings and St Leonards during the extreme winter months.
“This includes a warm bed, hospitality and engagement with willing volunteers to facilitate wellbeing and positive self-esteem, shelter from the winter weather, hot drinks and meals, and in liaison with specialist agencies, encouragement in accessing relevant longer term solutions to individual housing needs.”
Mrs Bourne said: “As PCC I have a statutory responsibility for commissioning county-wide community safety and crime prevention programmes, which is why this is a focus in my Police and Crime Plan.
“The Snowflake Night Shelter is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer.
“Since December 2013, over 100 local projects have received grant funding totalling over £600,000. This tells me organisations and community groups care about – and are committed to – helping keep Sussex safe.
“I look forward to visiting the team at the Snowflake Night Shelter and following the progress of their project over the coming months.”
Volunteers are always welcome.
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