Last night (Sunday) 8 members of staff slept rough in St Thomas’ Square, Newport after it was decided amongst colleagues that it would be a good idea to raise their understanding of what it must be like to be homeless. The fundraiser was also carried out to help raise awareness of the challenges faced and appreciation of how the monies raised throughout the year will help the homeless on the Island.
The Isle of Wight Night Shelter is run by Andy and Ruth Davis, who have been involved in helping homeless people for many years. They have been running the Night Shelter facility on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council at Downside Community and Learning Centre since 2011.
Unfortunately, whilst the Downside Community and Learning Centre site has been valuable as a temporary expedient, it is not viable as a long-term arrangement. Suitable premises are still being sort but the planned facility at Nodehill would consist of 2 distinct elements: a walk-in Night Shelter providing emergency overnight accommodation and halfway-house accommodation provided in individual bedsit units.
You can help support the Isle of Wight Night Shelter and Sainsbury’s Cowes fundraising efforts by donating via the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/SainsburyCowes.