Inn Churches provides practical support to those who need it most across Bradford. We work with over 100 other community groups and organisations, and have more than 850 volunteers from 70 churches and the wider community in Bradford.
Our Welfare Hub works throughout the year to provide permanent and lasting change in the lives of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, including guests of our Winter Shelter, which provides emergency bed spaces over the coldest months of the year. We offer practical support to keep some of the most vulnerable people across Bradford warm and healthy and we have provided over 10,000 bed spaces to people without any accommodation since we started.
Our Storehouse Food Hub works to tackle food poverty through intercepting, sorting and distributing surplus food to community groups across Bradford, and through our social supermarket, providing access to affordable fresh and long-life food on any budget.
Our Cooking Hub provides food and healthy eating education to schools, community groups and individuals, as well as turning unwanted food into healthy and delicious meals in our pay-as-you-feel café, and into recipe parcels for people to cook at home.
Our HBUK brand is a small range of ethical products and opportunities which raise funds for our work, as well as directly supporting people who need it the most.
Inn Churches is a registered charity (#1149792). Our charitable objectives are:
- the prevention or relief of poverty in west Yorkshire by the provision of emergency and other accommodation, advice and assistance for persons in need who are deemed homeless.
- to provide grants, items and services to individuals in need, or to other charities or organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty, as the trustees see fit.
- to promote the physical and mental health of homeless men and women through the provision of shelter, financial assistance, support, education and practical advice.
- to advance the education of the public and volunteers in the subject of drug awareness, homelessness and other related subjects.
- promoting social inclusion for those excluded or marginalised from society because of social or economic disadvantage.
- the furtherance of other such purposes as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales, as the trustees shall from time to time determine.
Who we help
Inn Churches helps a wide range of people across the Bradford District. We are a Christian charity but our support is available to those of all faiths or none, and we do not initiate conversations about faith. We support people of any race or nationality, with or without recourse to public funds.
Inn Churches operates on Christian values. Our volunteers’ first concern is personal integrity, caring relationships and supporting our guests. We are a non-discriminatory project assisting our guests regardless of race, gender, religion, age, caste or creed. We respect the cultures and religions of all the people we help. In order to achieve this, we ask that volunteers do not undertake discussions about faith unless specifically asked by our guests.
People who are homeless or vulnerably housed
From December to March, our Winter Shelter offers temporary accommodation in local churches to males and females who find themselves homeless, as well as advice and assistance in moving on to more permanent accommodation, and starter packs containing household essentials and bedding to individuals moving into their own tenancies from the streets.
We may also be able to offer advice and support to those who are vulnerably housed to help them remain in their homes, and to keep them warm and healthy through our Warm Homes Healthy People provision of bedding.
We can also signpost to a range of other organisations if our own provision is not appropriate or unable to help.
Our work is part of Positive Pathways, Church Urban Fund‘s five-year homelessness prevention programme. This is designed to help people with experience of homelessness move forward in life and focus on developing a broad range of life skills, with the end goal of attaining permanent sustainable accommodation and community integration. A key strength of the Positive Pathways programme is that we have the flexibility to work with people in a relational way, focusing on wellbeing interventions and providing support over the medium to long term.
People who are struggling to feed themselves healthily or affordably
We are not a foodbank, so those requiring emergency food parcels should seek assistance from their local foodbank.
Our Food Hub provides food to charities and community organisations across Bradford, who are working with a huge variety of different communities and groups, including refugees and asylum seekers, elderly people, children and young people, those fleeing domestic abuse, families, single parents, people with mental health difficulties, local communities and many other contexts. This provision is accessed through our partner organisations (who we are able to signpost people to), and through membership of our social supermarket.
We also provide healthy meals through our pay-as-you-feel café, which are accessible to all.
People in this place doing an amazing job for homeless people. This people I tell you have a BIG heart… BIG patience honestly BIG heart.MP
Thank you so much for everything. I would have died out there.JD
When I lost my job I had no money to pay my rent. The Day Shelter told me about the project. The first time I came I found everyone really friendly. They asked me if I was hungry and gave me something to drink. I have had a bed every night since the 3rd of January. Without the project I would have been hungry, cold and probably very ill. They have been very gentle, they have helped me in many ways. Having people around me gives me good spirit. I thank you all very much and God Bless. If it were not for Inn Churches I would still have been sleeping in the blue bin outside Natwest Bank.TC