As we start to say goodbye to our too-brief summer, our thoughts turn to our winter shelter.
We are pleased that we are able to increase our provision this year, as more churches join us to support those who face this winter without a place to call home.
With over 900 volunteers across the city of Bradford who faithfully serve the homeless alongside us, we think it is fitting, along with our partners Housing Justice, that we reflect on the impact volunteering has on those who volunteer.
To that end we want to highlight the challenges faced by those without a place to call home, and to consider how those who work tirelessly to help can also be supported within the faith community.
If you have considered volunteering but not yet made the next step, we invite you to come along to an evening on Wednesday 9th of October, for an event with our friends at Bradford Nightstop (who provide shelter for homeless young people) and Housing Justice.
Then on Sunday 13th of October it’s Homeless Sunday. We’re offering speakers for church services on that day to share information on homelessness in Bradford and to provide reflection or teaching around the themes of homelessness and the impact of volunteering on the volunteer. Contact us to book a speaker now.
If you want to weave Homeless Sunday into your services without inviting a speaker, then Housing Justice have produced a set of resources to mark the day which are available from the Housing Justice website.
We’ll also be holding an event at The Storehouse at 7pm to mark the day, with further details coming soon.