NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN JANUARY 2018
With the New Year comes new opportunities for volunteers and guests alike. Planning and preparations are getting underway for a befriending scheme we are calling, Trinks (Three-way Links). For an idea of how this might work please click on the word, Trinks. Then please do get in touch via the Contact Us tab on the Menu Bar if you would like to get involved.
We are also ready to put a plan together to provide a Night Shelter for rough sleepers next winter. And we are beginning to put a plan together to open up a Hostel for the homeless in Devizes this next year. If you can attend either of the following two meetings you will hear about both of these and be able to talk about one or other in separate groups in the second half of the meeting. Both meetings are taking place upstairs at St. Andrew's Church , Long Street.
- 7.30 - 9.30pm Thursday 18th January
- 10.00am - 12noon Saturday 20th January.
SPONSORED SLEEP OUT A BIG SUCCESS
A group of adults and children recently got an idea of what it must be like to be homeless at this time of year. They took part in the Annual Sponsored Sleep Out at St. Mary’s Church, Devizes over the week-end 2nd/3rd December. There were seventeen in the group, their ages ranged from 7 to 70 and they came prepared for a cold night. Before settling down, many spent time crafting Christmas cards and a lot took up the challenge of creating structures from newspaper (that could support a raw egg at the great height!)
At about 11 o’clock, after soup or hot chocolate, people started bedding down. Most chose to sleep outside in the church yard. Others took the more comfortable option and settled down in the church itself. It turned out to be an undisturbed night for many, but some did find it difficult to sleep because of the noise of traffic and the uncertainty of who might be about.
At about 7 o’clock people woke to the smell of cooked bacon and the realisation that a reporter from BBC Radio Wiltshire had arrived to ask them about the experience. Several said that it had had quite a sobering effect on them and they had now got a lot more sympathy with those who are sleeping rough night after night, without a bed to go home to.
Sally Rhodes, who helped organise the Sleep Out said, “What a great privilege to be involved with Opendoors, seeing first-hand the support and enthusiasm from volunteers. Our supporters and our sponsors are amazing and have made this year’s sleep out a real a success”.