End of Season

The very first thing Lorna and I must do and on behalf of the trustees and staff is pay tribute to all our volunteers.  They are the ones who make Sanctuary work, – it’s not something that we say lightly because it is true. Yes, we know it has not been the same as in......

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It’s not the same!

This is an odd title for an introduction. But yes, serving at Sanctuary in this season 20/21 does not feel like it did in previous years.  The obvious reason for that is Covid-19. May we first say though, that what we have experienced pales into insignificance when compared to the loss and suffering of so......

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Open 24/7

We are half way through this winter’s night shelter – and what a year it has become.  So far this winter, we have amassed a total of 1800+ volunteer hours, which in the middle of a Pandemic is amazing. Over 400 sleeps have been prevented and over 700 meals served. When we started 5 years......

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Welcome to a New Year

First of all, a great big ‘Thank you’ to all who supported us over the Christmas period.  Not only have we been able to open up 7 nights a week (a first for us) but we were also open all over Christmas and the New Year.  We also thank God for keeping us free from......

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Night Shelter now open

A bit later than planned, but our night shelter is now open.  It’s only been 1 week but we are already full.  As you may remember from previous posts, we only have 10 rooms available for guests.  Due to Covid19 each guest now has their own room which unfortunately means less room for others.  We......

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Winter 2020/21

As you may have heard there is a big shakeup going on in government regulation on homelessness.  Because of Covid19, we are having to change some of the ways in which we operate, with the main one being that we can no longer have guests sleeping in a communal area.  For the past few months we have......

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What a Vicar does during Holy Week

One of the nice things about being involved in a homeless shelter are the amazing people you meet who want to help.  As I was looking through various Facebook posts leading up to Easter, I can across one of our local church ministers who wanted to support Sanctuary.  His daily ‘ramblings’ as he called them,......

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What went on March 2020

Well this year’s overnight shelter came to an abrupt halt.  As we all know the Corvid19 pandemic has impacted all our lives, and Sanctuary was no exception. Due to the government’s guidelines we reluctantly took the decision to close the winter shelter with effect from Tuesday 24th March – around 5 weeks earlier than originally......

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What went on February 2020

Sanctuary 2019/20 in numbers … The number of people we serve continues to break previous records.  This is down to us opening far more than in previous years.  In fact we are planning to run around 480 sessions this winter compared to an average of around 145 sessions in other years.   Here are the......

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What went on January 2020

The first 3 months The end of January 2020 marks the halfway point in this year’s winter shelter.  Since the beginning of December we have been full or nearly full each night – we can provide 15 beds.  Here are some ‘stats’ on what you have helped us to achieve: 62 guests registered, with 52......

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