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How Colchester helped homeless people in the winter

This winter saw the most extreme, freezing temperatures right across the U.K  Difficult for most of us and a real risk to survival for people sleeping on the street.

When Colchester Night Shelter is full in winter, the Winter Reserve Accommodation Project (WRAP) helps homeless people to sleep in a church hall or similar venue in the Borough. Volunteers work with staff at the Night Shelter to make sure no one has to sleep rough. The WRAP project ran from 5 January to 1 March.

Five new volunteers played a valuable role in manning the rotas that were particularly stretched this winter. Thanks to people donating warm clothing to Beacon House and the Night Shelter, staff were able to see to it that no one went without warm gloves, hats, scarves or coats. (The Night Shelter remains well stocked and no more winter clothing is required at present -thank you).

  • During the eight week period, WRAP sheltered 21 people and provided a total of 55 nights' accommodation.

Pernille Petersen (MBE) Director of the Night Shelter said

'On behalf of all the homeless people who were saved from sleeping on the streets a big thank you to all those who made this possible. That includes you - even if you were not called out. Because without your help standing by we could not have run the project at all!'