Please do not complete the referral form until you have contacted us to check whether there is space in the Winter Shelter.
Completing the form does not guarantee a place, please wait for confirmation from Inn Churches.
Inn Churches has a responsibility to ensure that agencies are competent to fulfil the requirements of the referral procedure. This includes an agreement to use appropriate guidelines.
Referral agencies have a responsibility to Inn Churches to ensure that any person delegated to deal with referrals for homeless individuals who may be eligible to access the project are competent.
Agencies acting on behalf of the project should deal with individuals face to face. Whilst the welfare of the individual is paramount, agencies also have a responsibility to consider the safety of volunteers and venues. Where the agency does not know the individual well or has doubts, this should be flagged up so that the project coordinator can make additional checks.
It is the referral agency’s responsibility to inform each homeless individual being referred that if they arrive at a venue under the influence of alcohol, drugs, solvents or legal highs, or are carrying weapons, they are at risk of forfeiting their place.
Inn Churches reserve the right to conduct bag searches in accordance with our policy. Refusal may result in a bed space being denied.
Inn Churches have a duty to ensure that records are kept of every referral and that checks carried out are in accordance with the EU GDPR (2018). Data will be stored for a maximum of six years and will not be shared with third parties beyond appropriate organisations and professionals as part of their information gathering and assessment / risk assessment processes.
Referrals must come through one of our designated referral agencies.
Due to the nature of the accommodation provided and the skill levels of volunteers, it is important to safeguard the safety of host churches and teams.
Only individuals assessed as LOW TO MEDIUM risk will be admitted.
We are unable to accept individuals who:
- are known to have committed serious violent or sexual crime, or with schedule one offences.
- require specialist support, for example those with serious physical or mental health issues, or those who at the time of referral are heavily under the influence of alcohol, drugs, solvents or ‘legal highs’.
- have been barred from the shelter.
If the project coordinator gives a place to an individual by phone or text, please put the completed referral form into an envelope with a copy of the shelter rules, and give this to the referred guest to present as their ‘ticket’ into the shelter on the night
Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed. In particular, referrals will not be accepted without a referral agency number.