A WINTER night shelter opened its doors last night (Monday), offering support to homeless people on the Isle of Wight.
The centre, at Downside Community Learning Centre, Newport, is manned by volunteers from the Church of the Victorious Life and will operate until further notice, offering shelter overnight between 7pm and 8am.
Those who arrive before 9.30pm can also get a hot meal. Doors will close at 11pm. There is no admittance after this time as the volunteers manning the shelter need to sleep before their day jobs the next day.
Food is provided at the shelter as well as bedding, use of washing facilities (showers) and facilities to wash and dry clothes.
Anyone who is street homeless can access the free service although no drugs, alcohol or abusive behaviour will be permitted on the premises and people will be asked to leave if they do not keep to these rules.
Shelter users and those referring people to the shelter should be aware that this is an overnight facility only.