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Cannock church shelter discussions

March 10th 2011

Discussions are still underway for plans to introduce a winter night shelter in Cannock. Reverend Stephen Jackson, of Bethany Baptist Church in Chadsmore, has written a report to the leaders of the churches in the district of Cannock Chase and surrounding areas. Rev Jackson is proposing that churches should offer a night shelter for during the winter period of November to March.

Pat Wolfe, a member of the Chase Winter Night Shelter Committee, met Rev Jackson at Bethany Baptist Church on 16 February so everyone could be updated with any progress.

Ms Wolfe said: "There are 15 churches in the district of Cannock Chase. They could share a rota and each provide shelter for one night of every fortnight during the winter months. We are very enthusiastic about supporting Churches Together. If they can provide a winter night shelter for the homeless, we can send volunteers to help set it up and make this a reality."

Chase Night Shelter Committee met Colin Sutton and John Grimley, of the Cannock Chase Rotary Club, who pledged their support to find premises for the shelter.

Ms Wolfe said: "Mr Sutton and Mr Grimley were very sincere and have arranged a further meeting with the head of Cannock Council and the Council Planning Department to discuss this matter."

Reverend Peter Smart, of St Luke's C of E Church in Cannock, was also present at the committee meeting, but could give no clear indication of further plans. Rev Smart said: "I cannot say if it is possible yet for Churches Together to accept whether they will go down that route to provide a winter night shelter. We do have a deadline of May or June this year to make a decision to see if it is practical or not to offer this for winter 2011."


March 2011



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Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!


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