The angels who are taking the homeless off the street

First night of InnChurches, beds and food for the homeless from around Halifax'Pictured volunteers in the kitchen are Diane Wade, Evelyn Wooffitt, Pat Pearce and Maria Renehan
First night of InnChurches, beds and food for the homeless from around Halifax'Pictured volunteers in the kitchen are Diane Wade, Evelyn Wooffitt, Pat Pearce and Maria Renehan

A NEW scheme has begun to provide shelter to homeless people.

The Calderdale InnChurch pilot project began at the Salvation Army in Halifax last Friday night.

First night of InnChurches, beds and food for the homeless from around Halifax'Maria Renehan and Evelyn Wooffitt in the kitchen

First night of InnChurches, beds and food for the homeless from around Halifax'Maria Renehan and Evelyn Wooffitt in the kitchen

The project provides winter shelter to people aged 18 and over in Calderdale by moving beds into Halifax town centre churches at weekends.

Up to 10 guests per night are able to access the shelter by being referred by Calderdale Council’s Doorways Housing service.

The referral form, along with a risk assessment for each guest, will then be passed to the shelter co-ordinator who compiles a list.

The pilot - mirrorred on a similar scheme in Bradford - will run for four weeks before a decision will be made on whether it is viable to run next winter.

On Saturdays the shelter will be at the King’s Centre and on Sundays at the Carlton United Reformed Church.

Dave Fawcett, one of the organisers of the scheme, said: “The first night went really well.

“The aim is to support the guests throughout the pilot and move them towards more permanent housing.

“We had three people for the first night and the numbers increased for the next nights too.

“It’s just a case of getting the word out. If people know of homeless people, they need to get them in touch with the Council’s Doorway Team so that they can then be referred to us.”

“We’ve been inundated with volunteers, so much so that we don’t need any more at this moment.

“Thank you to everyone who has offered their time to get the pilot running,” he added.