Now into our tenth winter in 2018/19, Inn Churches has grown from little more than an idea to a thriving charity with a volunteer base of over 850 that has provided over 8,000 temporary bed spaces for homeless people in the Bradford area.
It costs approximately £15 per person per night to provide a comfy bed, breakfast and a good meal in a warm caring environment.
We have achieved a lot with a little. However, with every success, our ambition and hope for the change that is possible grows a little further as we seek to make a significant and permanent impact on the problems in our city.
We gladly accept donations of money, of food, of clothing or household supplies and of time.
A regular donation of just £10 a month will make a huge difference to someone this winter. It might literally save a life!
You can donate in the following ways:
- Donate online.
- Fundraise for us, with a sponsored event or campaign – it’s just a few clicks to set up an online fundraising page for your event to support us. Visit our online fundraising page and use the ‘Create a fundraising page’ button.
- Support our annual Suits on the Streets campaign.
If you’d like to set up a standing order from your bank account, please download and return a Standing order and Gift Aid form to us, or use the bank details on the form.
We are always keen to intercept good quality food that would otherwise be wasted. This can include food that is past its ‘best before’ date providing that it is still of good quality – as a general rule, consider whether you would eat it. If in doubt, please contact us. We cannot accept food that is past its ‘use by’ date.
Although we can generally use most food, depending on what we have intercepted we may have a need for particular items – please check our current list of shortages for details.
Donate clothing, bedding or household items
Many homeless people come to us with a limited number of possessions and clothing. We are extremely grateful to receive your kind donations as it goes some way towards helping our clients in their recovery from homelessness. We usually need footwear, coats, jeans and mini hotel-sized toiletries – but please contact us if you have other items you think may be useful. We currently have a surplus of hats, gloves, scarves and socks, so these are less useful to us.
We also need a steady stream of duvets (single, double or king – new duvets only please) for our Warm Homes Healthy People provision.
Our starter packs include basic household items such as kettles, toasters, saucepans, utensils, cutlery and crockery, cleaning products and other essential household supplies, all of which we can accept as donations provided they are new or unused.
Generally we only accept large items of furniture when there is a specific or immediate need for it, which could be when a guest is ready to move out of the winter shelter and into their own flat. Please contact us to find out if we can match your donation to one of our guests who is due to move into their own home. We are sometimes able to arrange collection, but more often we will ask that you drop items off or arrange delivery. If we cannot accept your gift, we may be able to refer you to other organisations who would.
Donations from businesses
If you are a local business and want to sponsor our project, or could make any donations in kind, then we’d love to hear from you! We do have a wishlist of items that we just can’t afford, so do get in touch if you’d like to see if you can help out.
Alternatively you can donate direct using the methods above.
Donations from churches
Why not consider taking an offering for our project, or supporting us financially on an ongoing basis?
We would love the opportunity to come and speak to your congregation to inspire them with stories of lives being changed.
Alternatively, why not consider organising a collection of household goods, clothes, bedding (new only if duvets please), non-perishable food or toiletries to support us – see details above or get in touch to find out our current particular needs.
You can also donate direct using the methods above.
Thank you for your support of this project, operating across all Christian denominations to build a better city.