A FORECAST for cold weather on the Isle of Wight has led to the opening of a shelter for the homeless over coming days.
The overnight shelter in Newport will open this evening (Wednesday) until and including, Sunday night.
The shelter, at Downside Community Learning Centre, Furrlongs, is run by volunteers from the Church of Victorious Life with support from the Isle of Wight Council.
As well as providing a bed for the night, volunteers from the church will supply free hot food and drinks along with bathing and laundry facilities.
The shelter is open overnight from 7.30pm to 8.30am each day until the morning of Monday February 11, when volunteers will review the weather conditions and decide whether to continue.
Housing officers from the council will be supporting volunteers and available to offer advice on request.
If anyone has any concerns about a person who appears to be homeless, or needs information about housing support, the housing team is based at County Hall on 821000. Emergency, or out of hours, Wightcare can be contacted on 821105.