THE SLOUGH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER 2018/19 – UPDATE
Last November Readypower employees took part in fund raising by completing the Slough sleep out. Here is more information on the charity and how they support the community.
About the charity and shelter
The London and Slough Run (LASR) had its sixth long running and successful Winter Night Shelter in Slough this year; the third year in partnership with Slough Borough Council. The Slough shelter was open for 92 consecutive nights from 30th December 2018 to 31st March 2019, providing warmth, safety, meals, advice and support for rough sleepers across the borough.
Forty-four people made use of the shelter this season, an increase over last year. Over fifty percent of these guests are now in some form of settled accommodation, and LASR expects that number to climb in the next month. The shelter had six guests who were victims of domestic violence; these individuals were helped to find suitable support and are now safe.
Aside from food and accommodation, the Shelter was able to offer new warm coats through the generosity of Mountain Warehouse & ZipYardUK, and a volunteer podiatrist helped guests improve their foot health.
Gerry, Chris, Erin, Mandy and Richard
In a quote from LASR Chairman John Power he said: “The cost of running the Shelter this year was just over £38K, and with this we provided over 970 ‘bed nights’ and over 2000 hot meals, as well as help with deposits and starter packs on new accommodation. In the case of one exceptionally vulnerable couple, we paid for several weeks of accommodation outside of the night shelter and provided specialist counselling. LASR and the Slough Borough Council are very grateful for all the time, money and support given this year – from faith groups, police, local businesses and schools, and the Slough Homelessness forum. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made the Night Shelter a success! “
Readypower will continue to support the shelter and are looking forward to taking part in the next Slough sleep out
If you would like to support the charity, it’s easy to donate on the website, please go to: www.thelondonandsloughrun.com.
The London and Slough Run
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