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Community rally to support winter night shelter

Published Friday, 30 November 2018

Coventry Winter Night Shelter (CWNS) will be reopening on 1 December, with registrations now being taken.

CWNS is a project run by HOPE Coventry, which brings together Coventry Churches around the city. It provides rough sleepers with support, a hot meal, a safe and warm bed for the night and breakfast the next day. The project runs from 1st December – 31st March every year.

Councillor Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “Homelessness can affect anybody, whatever their background and nationality. 

“Sadly the number of rough sleepers in Coventry has risen since last year and the Coventry Winter Night Shelter is a great help to the most vulnerable during the winter months.

“Please encourage anyone you know who may be in need of the Shelter to register at one of the locations.”

Bernardo Cañas, Project Coordinator at the Coventry Winter Night Shelter, said: “The CWNS is ready to register anybody who is sleeping rough, regardless of their local connection or benefit status.

“We have been able to help many people move out of homelessness, one of our ex-guests said that "I was broken when I came to the Night Shelter last year, and with their support I've been able to make changes in my life and now I have got my own accommodation and a job, and I'm seeing my children again after a long time".

The CWNS is a partnership project between the City Council and Hope Coventry. If you would like to make a donation toward the work of CWNS it is quick and easy using Hope Coventry’s website at hopecoventry.org.uk.” 

Registrations to use the Shelter provision can be taken at the following locations:

  • Salvation Army Lifehouse Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am - 1pm
  • Langar Aid House Monday 10am - 12pm
  • Jesus Centre Wednesday 9am - 12pm
  • Steps for Change Thursday 11am - 3pm
  • Coventry Cyrenians Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm

If you need advice about helping people in need of accommodation over the winter, call Coventry Night Shelter’s Bernardo 07450 693897 or Helen 077133 40065. You can also find out about food and other provisions for rough sleepers. 

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