Having secured a temporary venue for the coming months Hackney Winter Night Shelter is now accepting referrals from our partner agencies for homeless guests. We have been fortunate to have been offered a building that was previously used as council offices and so our guests will be able to stay in either a single or small shared room. Thanks to Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association, who own the premises and have been helping with many last minute hitches such as leaking roofs, a flooded basement and no lights.
We are carefully following government guidance for night shelters and have put in place covid-safety measures to ensure that our staff, volunteers and guests are kept safe this winter.
Due to social distancing measures and the need to keep interactions between people as low as possible, sadly we are unable to have as many volunteers as we would normally have, and are asking for a regular minimum once a week commitment from our existing volunteers.
Our meals will not be cooked on site this year, and we are working with local churches, faith and community groups who will be preparing and delivering meals to the shelter each night.
We would also like to thank Arup Engineering for carrying out a pro bono fire risk assessment, and every single one of the volunteers who have turned out to help paint, clean, assemble furniture, fix plumbing issues and generally "get stuck in" to make this possible.
Another big thank you must go to the Nawall Fund who have so generously purchased and donated many furniture items, including bedside cabinets, lamps and armchairs as well as a tasty range of breakfast ingredients.
Although this winter may be the most challenging yet, we are looking forward to meeting our new guests and helping them to find a route out of homelessness.