Emergency Winter Night Shelter
For the past eleven years we have opened a winter shelter in Luton to provide a warm, dry, safe place to sleep when the temperature falls to zero or below at night. We employ one member of staff who is supported by volunteers from around Luton.
We run the project with the support of Luton Borough Council and with St John’s Ambulance service in attendance. The project provides a lifeline for rough sleepers in the town and a chance for us to encourage them to come to the Centre so that we can start to help them move away from the streets.
15 – 20 people who are homeless will stay on any one night. Last year, in total, we helped 130 rough sleepers. It is one of our best opportunities to start to break the cycle of homelessness and offer very basic help like health care and hot nutritious food.
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Last Year’s Emergency Winter Shelter Report
The 10th NOAH Winter Shelter was open for 58 nights between 12th November 2017 and 20th March 2018 where temperatures fell below 0°c or other very poor weather conditions prevailed such as extreme wind chill conditions and/or freezing rain.
Overall the shelter accommodated 130 people (94 last year) of 12 different nationalities and provided 1,182 bed spaces (730 last year).
We worked closely with our partners Luton Central Baptist Church who rented us their hall, and with the Homeless Prevention Team at Central Bedfordshire Council who sent 3 rough sleepers from Dunstable to stay with us over 5 nights.
The project was delivered by 8 different NOAH staff members and supported by 32 different volunteers (26 last year) who delivered 241 voluntary shifts (103 in last year) between them equating to over 1,092 hours of voluntary support.
This is an exceptional commitment which has made a significant to the operation of this vital service.
Here is a link to the full report >> Winter Shelter Final report 2017-18