Bracknell Night Shelter
For the last two years, EBC have worked with other churches to support the Night Shelter which is run by Pilgrim Hearts.
Anyone in the Bracknell area is able to be referred to the Night Shelter by agencies such as the CAB, Drop In Centre (run by Pilgrim Hearts), the Foodbank, Police and Bracknell Forest Council. There are clear guidelines which anyone being referred must accept and these help to ensure that the Shelter is run with the minimum chance of trouble or disruption.
Anyone referred to the Night Shelter becomes a guest and is treated as such.
During the winter months, churches have a set night each week when guests come and have a hot meal, a warm bed and breakfast the next morning before going off for the day.
In 2015/2016, this was tried for the first time in Bracknell. It ran through January and February and was a great success.
In 2016/2017, it was run for four months – December till the end of March. During that time 42 people were referred and each night had between 10 and 17 people.
The Night Shelter cannot run without volunteers and 240 people volunteered to be involved with the last Night Shelter. Volunteers have many roles. They cook, set out tables for meals, set up beds, wash up, clear down everything afterwards and spend time talking to our guests. Volunteers are invaluable.
Dates for 2017/2018 have yet to be confirmed, but it is assumed that the Night Shelter will run for the same four months as last time.
You can find out more about Pilgrim Hearts and the Drop In Centre by clicking here and watch a video about the Night Shelter by clicking here.