Tue, 05 Feb 2019
WITH thirteen beds lining the perimeter of a brightly-painted former snooker hall – this is what Newbury’s new night shelter looks like.
The shelter, located at 1 West Street, officially opened its doors last night and welcomed its first few clients.
The venture is being run by West Berkshire Homeless, which says there is enough space to accommodate up to 20 individuals if necessary.
The night shelter will provide 13 beds, shower and toilet facilities, a storage area and a living-room area. Food and hot drinks will also be served. pic.twitter.com/GvC3J8zGxi— Fiona Tomas (@fionatomas_nwn) February 4, 2019
The volunteer-run shelter, which is intended to be operated until the end of April, is in addition to West Berkshire Council’s main homelessness service provider, Two Saints hostel on Newtown Road.
The West Street shelter will operate between the hours of 6pm and 8am and will provide separate washing, showering, toileting and sleeping areas for men and women, as well as light meals.
It will also provide West Berkshire Homeless with office space to assist homeless people on a one-to-one basis and a secure storage area for clients’ personal possessions.
It is the second time in as many years that West Berkshire Homeless has operated a night shelter for the district’s homeless community.
Erica Gassor, General Secretary and trustee of West Berkshire Homeless, thanks the people of #Newbury for their generous donations as the town’s night shelter for the #homeless and #roughsleepers officially opens on West Street pic.twitter.com/4UfbDSgILa— Fiona Tomas (@fionatomas_nwn) February 4, 2019
The charity provided a lifeline to many rough sleepers when it opened one at the Salvation Army hall, in Northcroft Lane, in December 2017. It closed in early March 2018.
See this week's Newbury Weekly News for more, out Thursday.