Winter shelter opened for homeless

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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.


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by Roe driver

11th December 2013, at 13:35:50

first point well done to all concerned with this scheme
these are human beings after all
secondly why are these people homeless ? where are they from? surely these are questions that need to be answered and listened to and acted on in the long term

but in the short term this will offer people less fortunate than ourselves somewhere to go eat sleep and get clean during the cold weather
to the people putting detrimental comments on here about 2 o clock tomorrow morning find something warm to wear and go and try to finish your nights sleep in a bus shelter
only if you have lived under those conditions can you be free to judge

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by Mike Crowe

11th December 2013, at 09:34:45

I go along with Colin's statement as well, but would add the question, how many are homeless 'of their own making'?

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by Den Young

11th December 2013, at 06:11:37

thankyou Colin my sentiments exactly

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by Colin Barton

10th December 2013, at 23:13:13

Should be for IOW people only,and if not how did they get over here in the first place?

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by Stephen Elliott

10th December 2013, at 22:36:29

Den is this a local shelter...for local people?
Is there a pentagram on the wall and signs saying no blacks, no Irish, and no foreigners?

What does it matter where they come from!!!!!

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by Den Young

10th December 2013, at 21:10:48

and how many of them are local?

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by Stephen Elliott

10th December 2013, at 19:37:46

Well let's sidestep the married couple argument and get back to the issue.

How many people use this shelter?

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by Mike Crowe

10th December 2013, at 18:48:39

Yes Lee. What you say

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by Mike Crowe

10th December 2013, at 17:40:09

Lee, have you stood for Council so you can carry out your suggestion? Or are you just an 'arm chair' politician?

""Why don't they?""

Why don't YOU?

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by Den Young

10th December 2013, at 16:59:10

bet it will be like the league of nations there, anyway full marks to the people manning it

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