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Homeless charity to shut night shelter

Tue, 27 Sep 2022

A homeless charity of the Island has announced it will be closing its emergency night shelter from Friday,

Graih said the decision has been taken with deep regret following a review of resourcing levels and an assessment regarding the long-term sustainability of services.

The charity’s Board members are currently liaising with Broadway Baptist Church, where the charity has based its activities over the years and it has been agreed that Broadway Baptist Church will take over responsibility for managing the Drop-In and the pastoral support work in the Community which is the core work of Graih.
The Drop-In will be open from 10.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. to provide a lunchtime only drop-in service offering food, hot drinks, clothing, shower facilities and a safe, social place over lunch times most of the week for the foreseeable future.
The chair of Graih, John Bingham, said: ‘The shelter has provided a vital service to the Island every night since it opened at the beginning of 2019.   The facility requires two members of staff to be on duty at all times from 9pm to 7:30am to help people who may walk in off the street as they have nowhere else to go. Our manager has done sterling work over the years leading this service.  Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain staffing levels. It is clear now that the situation is no longer sustainable, so it is with deep regret that Graih has taken the very difficult decision to close the night shelter from 30 September.’



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