Introducing the Boaz Women’s Night Shelter!

Introducing the Boaz Women’s Night Shelter!

At Boaz we’ve been running a men’s night shelter for nearly 10 years now, with the help of various churches over time. The success of the men’s Boaz Night Shelter (BNS) provides a great foundation for us to offer the women’s BNS!

From the 2nd of October 2017 to the 30th of April 2018, we’ll be running our first ever night shelter for up to 12 destitute asylum seeking and refugee women, each night of the week.

We’re looking for seven churches to host this accommodation, one for each night of the week. Could this be for you and your church?

How will it work?

The BNS will be open from early evening to 9am at the church. Simple ground mats and sleeping bags with washable liners will be provided, as well as pillows and pillow cases. There’ll be a hot meal each night, and breakfast will be available before departure. Some churches offer activities, ranging from a projector and screen to watch TV, to table tennis or craft. The aim is to provide great hospitality – each venue can and will express this differently, in their own style. That’s the beauty of the BNS!

 The BNS is only for destitute asylum seekers and refugees, and access is by referral only. Those staying at the BNS are assessed for suitability. It is hoped that we will be able to find suitable move-on accommodation for those who stay. Boaz also signposts and connects clients to other specialist services such as dentists, GPs and solicitors.

We’ll provide a full package of support for host churches, including equipment, comprehensive training, personal and telephone support, as well as our years of experience in running night shelters.

Ways to get involved

There are a number of interesting ways in which you can get involved, depending on your availability and commitment. They are as follows:

  • Coordinating: Liaising with Boaz and coordinating volunteers.
  • Reception: Being there to welcome the guests, helping serve the meal and generally being around to chat. This is normally between 8pm-10pm.
  • Cooking the evening meal: This can be done on-site, or the meal can be brought pre-cooked.
  • Overnight supervision: Two volunteers are required to stay overnight.
  • Breakfast: This can be done by the overnight volunteers or someone different. A simple breakfast of cereal/toast is usually sufficient.
  • Driving: For locations further afield, we need drivers to pick up the clients from the city centre in the early evening, and possibly some to drop them off in the morning.
  • Laundry: Week to week, sleeping bag liners, pillow cases and towels need washing and returning ready for use.

Interested? Please contact Debs Marks-Lenton at the Boaz office on 0161 202 1056, or send her an email via debsmarkslenton@boaztrust.org.uk

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