For the last 5 years, Manna House has coordinated a Winter Shelter project in Kendal.
This year it is running from 2nd December 2019 to 1st March 2020 – at six different church venues. We also run a residential trip at Christmas.
Following a model now used across the country, churches in Kendal offer their premises overnight to the project and teams of volunteers take it in turn to provide an evening meal, bed and breakfast to people who would otherwise have to spend the night on the street in the coldest months of the year.
To use the Shelter, clients have first to visit Manna House, talk to one of our advisors about their situation and sign a guest agreement, after which they are given identification and a map by which to find the Shelter for that night. Our intention is not just to provide one-off shelter but to begin to help people to find a way out of their situation and into stable housing, as well as offering access to other relevant support, for example with alcohol or substance misuse. (The closest referral-free Winter Shelter is run by Christchurch in Lancaster. This is an emergency solution for people not looking for help to find accommodation in the South Lakes.)
We’re currently (September) calling for volunteers and helpers, could you be part of a team? We particularly need people who can stay overnight. Could you help Penny with some office admin?
We are also in need of your financial support, particularly for food- you can donate online at justgiving.com/mannahouse or pop in to see us.