The Winter Night Shelter is Open
The Boaz Winter Night Shelter is run in partnership with seven churches in Manchester and Salford. The shelter rotates around different church venues each night of the week including:
St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury
Heaton Park Methodist
St Clements, Openshaw
Mount Chapel, Salford
Church of the Nazarene, Longsight
South Manchester Family Church
Church of the Nazarene, Ashton
We are immensely grateful to the amazing volunteers who provide transport, prepare a hot meal and wash bedding. This year the Quaker Meeting House on Mount Street, Manchester will provide a warm space for men to meet in the early evening before the shelters open.
There are spaces for 12 homeless asylum seeking or refugee men each night. Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, and those who stay in the shelter one night, will be able to keep their place in the shelter the following night. Most of the referrals we receive for the night shelter are sent from organisations such as Refugee Action. A referral form can be downloaded: Boaz accommodation referral 2013.
This year’s night shelter co-ordinator is Jonny Wilson. Jonny works part time liaising with venue co-ordinators and ensuring the shelters run smoothly. Funding permitting the shelter will run to the end of May 2014, a month longer than the previous year.
Boaz is able to offer some assistance to asylum seeking men in the night shelter, signposting them to appropriate services, helping them register with a local medical practise etc.
We are grateful to the British Red Cross for their grant towards the night shelter. However this grant does not cover all night shelter costs. If you can donate to the night shelter please click here or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.