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Lichfield Emergency Night Shelter

This was set up in December 2018 as Lichfield District Council offered £10,000 to support the venture over the winter. The office holders of Churches Together agreed to back the scheme. A dedicated steering group was set up and a target date of February was made for the opening of the shelter. with the guidance of Derby City Mission, a mobile night shelter was set up to rotate round church halls. 5 churches agreed to offer their premises, Christ Church, Wade Street, Life Church, St Chad's and Lichfield Methodist Church. 

150 people attended the training offered and over 100 volunteers were used. In addition, 8 staff were employed on a part time basis. 

From a standing start, the night shelter became operational within 6 weeks. It provided accommodation for 57 nights to average of 3 to 4 guests per nights. This meant none of the guests froze to death. The shelter was used by 90% of the known rough sleepers in the City for at least one night - the majority of the rough sleepers used the shelter for and least 30 nights.

This was a very successful project and showed that Churches Together were able to pull together a significant community resource to make a a very positive impact in the City. There was strong desire from local people to be involved as they felt they were 'doing something'.

There are ongoing plans to help the rough sleepers and the steering group continue to be involved. If needed, we have a the knowledge and infrastructure to run a night shelter next winter.

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