When does Inn Churches operate?
Our winter shelter is open from November the 28th until the end of February. However, we can work with our homeless guests to support them and find them accommodation all year round.
Why do you call your clients guests?
The terms “service users” and “clients” connotes a statutory service. We welcome people in, make room for them and treat them with hospitality as we would in our own homes.
Do you find your guests jobs?
We don’t find people jobs but when they are on unemployment benefits we can support them in dealing with jobcentres so they can find work. We can also assist them in finding voluntary work. Many of our guests suffer from conditions that severely limit their employability and have doctors verification. We encourage these individuals in finding purposeful activity and ways to serve in the community.
What sort of rules are there in your project?
The project is clear that illegal substances cannot be used on the premises and alcohol must not be brought on site. The rules are made clear to guests before they are admitted to our project. Occasionally, people are asked to leave if they have repeatedly broken rules or have refused to cooperate with our volunteers.
Can I evangelise?
Our volunteers’ first concern is personal integrity, caring relationships and supporting our guests. We are a non-discriminatory project assisting our guests regardless of race, gender, caste or creed. We respect the cultures and religions of all the people we help. In order to achieve this, we ask that volunteers do not undertake discussions of faith unless specifically asked by our guests.
Who uses your service?
Most of our guests have been living on the streets and sleeping rough. They come from many different backgrounds and have become homeless for a variety of reasons – relationship breakdown, job loss or bereavement have often played a significant part. Many struggle with alcohol and drug dependency.
I am rough sleeping. Can I get into Inn Churches?
If you are currently rough sleeping in Bradford please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07833450482 or visit Bradford day Shelter, Edmund Street Bradford. Our shelter operates during the the months of December, January and February, but we may be able to assist all year round. If you are street homeless in Bradford you must first have an assessment with a one of our referral agencies as our accommodation can only be accessed through a referral from an agency. If you are concerned about a rough sleeper in your area, please call 07833450482 or email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help, or refer on.
I'd like to volunteer for Inn Churches. How can I do this? Does Inn Churches need volunteers at Christmas?
The majority of the work we do is based around our winter shelter. However we welcome volunteers throughout the year. Contact Fiona Coady, Shawna Splawn or Juli Thompson or visit our volunteer section of the web site to find out what volunteering opportunities are available.
Does Inn Churches accept household items and do you collect?
Generally we do not accept large items of furniture unless there is a specific or immediate need for it, which could be when a guest is ready to move out of Inn Churches and into their own flat. Please contact us to find out if we can match your donation to one of our guests who is due to move from Inn Churches into their own home. Contact Juli or Shawna and leave a message giving the details of the item to be donated. Please bear in mind that we do not have the means to pick up donated items, and may ask that you drop them off or arrange delivery. If we cannot accept your gift, you might like to try the following community projects, all of which accept furniture for people on a low income. St Mary’s Immanuel Project St Pio’s CHAS
Can I donate clothing, footwear, and toiletries to Inn Churches?
Yes. Many homeless people come to us with a limited number of possessions including clothing. This is often the case with the majority of homeless men and women who come into our emergency shelters in the first step towards coming off the streets. We are extremely grateful to receive your kind donations as it does go some way towards helping our clients in their recovery from homelessness. This year we are requesting only the following: ” Footwear ” Coats ” Jeans ” Socks ” Hats, gloves, scarves ” Mini, hotel size toiletry items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, flannel)