By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 07:35
RESIDENTS feeling isolated or lonely over the festive period will have somewhere to turn to thanks to two borough organisations.
Redditch Nightstop and Churches Together in Redditch will be teaming up for a third year to open their Winter Shelter, which this Christmas will take the form of a drop-in day centre rather than an overnight shelter.
A spokeswoman said for the last two years they had run a three-work project for homeless people during the time when weather was likely to be at its worst and many support services shut down.
“This year, after consultation with various agencies, the project will operate differently as a drop-in day centre to offer support to those who, while not actually without shelter, are lonely or isolated, have no family or have lost ties with family,” she said.
“The aim is to provide a welcoming place where guests will receive warmth and kindness, recreation and refreshment, care and compassion. To show them that they are not forgotten, that someone cares.”
The centre will open from 10am to 6pm from December 23 to January 2, including Christmas Day.
Volunteers are needed to help make food and drinks, clean and tidy as well as offer welcome and companionship for guests. The project is also on the lookout for people who could offer services such as haircuts and manicures or activities like music and singing.
Hosts to offer a night’s emergency accommodation for anyone with nowhere else to stay are also needed, with full training and induction provided.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call volunteer co-ordinator Sharon McCall on 01527 66036.
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