In 2019/20 the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter will run from 13/11/19 to 30/3/20. The shelter accommodates up to twelve people per night. We provide a warm and safe place for our guests. Guests can freshen up, enjoy a hot nourishing dinner, spend the evening in a warm and safe place, share time in friendly company, sleep in a clean and comfortable bed and eat a good breakfast in the morning before they depart for the day. Several of our venues have showers. We encourage our guests to access the help and advice they need from the many local organisations providing support. We empower our guests to find long-term accommodation, regain their self-esteem and find their place in society. All of our guests are assessed by our staff before being offered a bed.
The charity behind the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter (The Selig (Suffolk) Trust) employs staff who work alongside the local organisations that provide support to those who are homeless. Our Charity Manager, Julia Hancock, sits on the Steering Group of the Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership and on the Rough Sleeper Initiative Steering Group lead by Ipswich Borough Council.
Our Shelter Coordinator, Clare Jessup, works all year round. She attends weekly multi agency meetings in order to make sure that we are working closely with local organisations. When the shelter is open we also employ a team of part time Shelter Staff to check guests in and out of the shelter every evening/morning and to work with guests during the day.
Each of our host churches has a voluntary coordinator who oversees the smooth running of the shelter at their venue. They organise supplies, stores and resources.
Over 240 trained volunteers provide the shelter. They sign up to shifts to ensure that every evening, overnight and morning our guests are made welcome and kept safe. The shelter could not run without this team of wonderful and committed volunteers. They are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and churches and they give up their time to provide shelter, hope and hospitality.