Night shelter up and running in Yeovil

Yeovil Community Church has organised and will be running a night shelter in Yeovil with support from South Somerset District Council, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Services and Avon & Somerset Police.

The night shelter will be open for the winter only and will accommodate the small number of people who are unable to access local services. This will run initially on Friday and Saturday nights, although we are exploring whether it is possible to open for a third night also. All referrals will go through Pathways in the first instance, to ensure that all guests are receiving the necessary support.

Rough sleeping has become a widespread issue in towns and cities across the country and as a multiagency response in South Somerset, we are pleased to add this facility to ones that are already provided.

Adam Dyer, leader at Yeovil Community Church said, "As part of the church in Yeovil we have a long history of showing care and compassion to our community through projects such as the Lord's Larder food bank, Yeovil4Family, Street Pastors and so many more. We believe that serving people who are in need is an imperative of our faith and our humanity, and so we are pleased to be able to make this provision available as part of the wider support for rough sleepers in Yeovil. We are committed to partnership and community and so it is great to see the collaboration between the churches as well as the partnership with the wide array of agencies to see this provision realised."

Councillor Tony Lock, Chair of the Yeovil One Tactical Group, said, "This just goes to show that close partnership working at a local level can show real benefits. This is a great step forward in helping individuals get back on their feet and I would like to thank those agencies who have actively supported this project including South Somerset District Council, The United Reform Church, Yeovil Community Church, Pathways, Yeovil Crime Reduction Team, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services and all the other agencies actively involved within the Yeovil One Team."

If people would like to be involved then there is still need for additional resources, such as sleeping bags and blankets, as well as opportunities to volunteer. If you are interested please email wintersupport@yeovilcommunitychurch.co.uk or call the Gateway. Also, if people would like to donate to the project they can do so through Yeovil Community Church marking it for 'winter support project.'

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