I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who registered their interest in volunteering to assist in providing a Christmas Day lunch this year to people who would otherwise be alone. Whilst we are delighted with the response we have had so far, we would still like to encourage some more people to offer their time, support and services.
The Mercy Hub, together with the Cathedral events team are also planning to host similar lunches and other types of gatherings throughout the year and we will be asking for your help with this also. Watch this space!!
I had a meeting this week with ‘Night Stop’ - a wonderful organisation who aim to provide temporary accommodation to homeless young people in the city. As you will read below they are asking for your help.
Night Stop North East, a project of the national charity Depaul UK, are looking to increase the number of volunteer ‘hosts’ to provide safe, emergency accommodation in their own homes for a night or two at a time.
Homeless people who are referred to the project have their needs assessed before they are placed with a ‘host’ for the night, who will provide them with an evening meal, a bed for the night and all importantly, a ‘listening ear’. Project staff work with the referring agency and the homeless individual to find suitable longer term accommodation. All volunteers receive thorough training as well as ongoing support from project staff. The scheme is a really exciting one and the young people appreciate the short term but crucial help that Night Stop provides. For further details
Telephone : 0191 253 6161
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.depaulcharity.org/nightstop-north east-and-cumbria
On a separate note… As the plans come together for the building work downstairs we ask that you please
remember to keep the Mercy Hub in your prayers.
Yvette with the plans in one of the Cathedral basement rooms where the work is about to start for the new Mercy Hub .