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Caerphilly project supports vulnerable

Posted on : 05 Apr 2019

Caerphilly project supports vulnerable
Volunteers at Bedwas Workmen's Hall
A project in the Caerphilly county borough has provided vital support to vulnerable people during the winter months.

Now in its seventh year, the Caerphilly Borough Churches Night Shelter project saw volunteers at nine churches across the county borough offer a warm bed and hot meals to rough sleepers between January and March.  During this time volunteers provided over 1,000 bed spaces, along with over 3,000 cooked meals and packed lunches.

Caerphilly Borough Churches Night Shelter is run in partnership between Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cornerstone Support Services Ltd and local churches.

This year churches were joined by volunteers at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall who provided additional beds for guests each night as part of a second night shelter; helping to keep even more vulnerable people safe during the most difficult months of the year.

As well as being provided with a safe, warm place to stay and companionship, all guests also received support and advice from Cornerstone and the council’s Housing Advice Team.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “I’d like to thank all of the volunteers and night shelter co-ordinators who dedicated so much of their time this year; without them the Night Shelter project would not be possible.  People find themselves homeless for a variety of reasons and whilst it is unfortunate that a project like this is needed, it’s heart-warming to see local communities come together to help others in their time of need.”

Andrew Clarke, Director of Cornerstone Support Services Ltd, added “The support received from volunteers for this year’s night shelter project has been incredible.  As well as offering emergency, short term accommodation during the coldest months, one of the main aims of the night shelter is to help people access long term, sustainable housing.  This year 90% of guests were successfully housed by the end of the night shelter project.  We will continue to support them, after the night shelter ends; helping them to sustain their tenancies and preventing them becoming homeless again.”

Anyone with knowledge of rough sleepers in the Caerphilly county borough can contact Stephen Dwyer, Cornerstone Support Services, directly on 07946 537793 or email at dwyers1@caerphilly.gov.uk.  


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