Homeless shelter gets helping hand

Lloyds banking staff help renovate new homeless shelter at Ebeneezer Church Hall, Halifax
Lloyds banking staff help renovate new homeless shelter at Ebeneezer Church Hall, Halifax

Fifty volunteers from Lloyd’s Banking Group came together to help renovate the Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre, Halifax, in time for its January opening.

The new premises at 1 St James’s was transferred to Christian’s Together in September by Calderdale Council to enable the organisation to expand its food bank service and create a permanent night shelter for homless people in the town centre.

Ebeneezer Church Hall, Halifax

Ebeneezer Church Hall, Halifax

The Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre at New Ebenezer Church, Halifax, helps to feed some of our most vulnerable members of society through handing-out around 150 food parcels, each week.

The Church has been used as a food bank and crisis centre since 2009, and is run by Christians Together Calderdale.

It has been supported by individuals and local churches, as well as donations from organisations and small business to provide a weekly drop-in service of food parcels and support to people and families struggling to cope.

Paul Dent of Lloyd’s Banking Group said: “We have got a big agenda to help Britain prosper and rebuild the trust in banks, and so has a massive commitment to corporate and social responsibility.

“We encourage our people to get out into the community to volunteer and help with projects and make a real difference.”

The new centre will be able to provide job clubs, offer debt advice and offer a drop-in cafe for homeless people.

There will also be a play area for children to use while their parents are using the other services.

Dave Fawcett, chair of Christians Together Calderdale, said: “We’re really excited about the expansion.

“As an organisation we’ll be able to offer far more to the poorest members of our society.”