Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter receives award

Church DoorTunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter has achieved the Housing Justice quality mark for Church and Community Night Shelters for excellent practice.  The detailed standards include things like volunteer training, guest and volunteers’ health and safety, referrals and links with other homelessness agencies, and data collection.  The mark also enables the local community, local authorities, funders and insurers to be confident that the shelter operates to a good standard in all that it does.

Project Manager Peter Dunning said, “The Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter is geared towards offering Christian hospitality to homeless people including those who have been living on the streets.  This hospitality is more than just tea and sympathy, more than a bed and safe shelter for the night.  It seeks to also include a supporting and caring arm to help people to rebuild their lives: so making a real difference to people, offering through personal transformation the opportunity for them to move on.”

Housing Justice Chief Executive, Alison Gelder said, “We are delighted to welcome Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter to the network of Housing Justice quality mark for accredited night shelters. Church and Community night shelters are proving an effective response to homelessness in many parts of the country.”

Volunteering information for Tunbridge Wells will be available on the website: www.tunbridgewellswintershelter.co.uk  from mid-September.

Financial donations are always welcome. 

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