Inn Churches provides shelter and practical support to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. It has grown from a month-long pilot to a thriving community project, with more than 850 volunteers from 70 churches and the wider community in Bradford. We have provided over 5,000 beds for homeless and vulnerable people in the Bradford area since we started.
We also now work to tackle food poverty through intercepting, storing and distributing surplus food, and turn food waste into healthy and delicious meals.
We use available spaces in local churches with volunteers welcoming, feeding, and supporting the homeless during the cold winter months. Inn Churches aims to provide a welcoming, warm and supportive atmosphere in which to meet our guests. We offer training to those looking to support their local community.
For the rest of the year, Inn Churches continue to work with the homeless in partnership with other agencies in the city to provide permanent and lasting change in the lives of the guests we have hosted, providing practical support to keep some of the most vulnerable people across Bradford warm and healthy. We also work to publicise the plight of Bradford’s homeless forming partnerships with local businesses, churches and charities looking to help the city’s poorest people.
Our Storehouse project tackles food poverty and food waste by intercepting surplus and unwanted food from partners across Bradford, sorting and storing it, and redistributing it to people in need through our partner community groups, our mobile mini markets and our pay-as-you-feel café.