Having completed our seventh winter in 2015/16, the Inn Churches project 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.
Our work has been done on a fantastically small budget and we estimate that it has cost approximately £15 per person per night to provide a comfy bed, breakfast and a good meal in a warm caring environment.
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 problem of homelessness and housing vulnerability in our city.
As a result we are constantly looking for local support whether in the form of financial contributions, donations in kind of food and toiletries, offers of hosting and volunteers.
If you want to be involved in any capacity we would love to hear from you so please get in touch and help us change lives this winter.
We welcome financial donations, or donations in kind – please get in touch to see if you can offer what we need – or whether we need what you can offer!
You can also get involved early with Suits on the Streets 2017, our fifth annual sleep out raising vital funds for our work.
Volunteer with Inn Churches
Staffing a shelter takes a lot of people. We are looking for people to:
- help set up
- serve food
- chat with guests
- do activities or play games with guests
- clean up
- generally help out
Many of our volunteers come from hosting and supporting churches, but we welcome those from other churches and non-Christian volunteers as well. We do not endorse any of our volunteers using the project as a platform for evangelism: volunteers are free to discuss their faith if questioned by our guests, but are not allowed to initiate discussions of faith.
Once you have attended training you will be free to volunteer at any of our hosting churches and can book time blocks which suit your schedule.
Please let us know if you have special skills or training in first aid, mental health, or substance abuse.
If you are interested in volunteering but want to know more, please get in touch with us.
Buy (or knit) a Homeless Beanie
Our Homeless Beanies are stylish and affordable – and not only does every penny go to support our work, for every beanie you buy, we’ll give another beanie to somebody who is homeless.
And if you’re a keen knitter, why not knit us a beanie?
We are part of the be neighbourly campaign, which aims to encourage more acts of neighbourliness to increase the connections between neighbours and help overcome isolation.
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