Over the last few years we have begun to see sadly an increasing number of people who are homeless with little or no provision in the district. At the moment the only response that the clergy and members of Grantham Passage can do in an emergency situation is to send people to either Lincoln, Nottingham or Peterborough to access emergency accommodation.
The reasons why people find themselves homeless are varied and not simply as a result of substance abuse, which is often the misconceived understanding about why people are having to sleep on the streets, in tents or sofa surfing.
In response to this challenge a number of representatives from churches across Grantham have got together and are planning the way forward.
The first event being planned is:
When? Friday 6th December 2019
Where? Grantham House, Castlegate, Grantham
What time? 9:00pm – 7:00am
What age? All ages welcome (children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Over 11s can be part of an adult led group)
Why Sleepout? So a homeless person doesn’t have to!
The SleepOut is hosted by St Wulfram’s and representatives from other churches in the town and it being held by kind permission of the National Trust in the grounds of Grantham House.
We’re confident that with your help and participation we can make a real difference to vulnerable people in Grantham. So will you brave a night in the cold?...
In addition to this St Wulfram’s, Harrowby Lane Methodist Church, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church will be opening their doors to allow people who are homeless to sleep in their churches.
This will start on Monday 6th January each night, and each week one of the churches will take it in turn to host those who are homeless.
However, to make this happen, it needs to be a cross community initiative, when the whole community comes together to be able to support those who are vulnerable in our town.
Fr Stuart and the ‘Grantham Ark’ committee will be approaching community groups and individuals to come and help support this initiative as volunteers will be required to help each night at each location – which amounts to potentially a very large number of volunteers. We sincerely hope that people will recognise this need and respond. Those interesting in responding to this call to action should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training will be firstly be offered to those who volunteer on 8th and 14th November (at a venue yet to be decided), and it important that those who are willing to offer their time to help the homeless off the streets come to this training which will be provided by INN Churches, which is an initiative based in Bradford.