Rugby Winter Night Shelter operates between 1 December and 31 March every year, providing hot meals and overnight accommodation at 7 venues across the town, each venue operating on a set night per week. Administered by Hope 4, guests register during the afternoon for a ticket for a meal and bed that evening. Volunteers at each venue provide a hot supper, drinks, supervised overnight accommodation and breakfast. All 7 venues are run through the goodwill of hundreds of volunteers. There are people – daily- transporting camp beds, washing and ironing bed linen, organising rotas and preparing hearty suppers for approximately 15-20 guests each night.
In birdingbury we started helping in December 2015 when Church Warden Karen, with her husband and daughter, volunteered to help on Christmas Eve at St Matthews and St Oswalds, Lawford Rd – part of our own Rugby Deanery and Coventry diocese.
Since then we have progressed to actually preparing and taking the evening meal, once in 2016 and twice this year. We now have 10 people who have volunteered and expressed interest so we hope to increase our help to three nights for the 2017-2018 programme.
This year we attended well stocked with Rev Ali’s super squash soup, Liz’s luscious lasagne, Karen’s spicy sausage and chilli beans, Emma’s masterful mixed salad and Jenny and Leigh’s lovely crumbles. Andrew joined us as we set up beds, laid out the bed linen, laid the table for 20, prepared and served the food, poured numerous teas and coffees, cleared away and washed up and played countless games of Uno – a favourite game with all guests!
Well done to all those who manage and administer the programme across Rugby town- we are proud and humbled to be involved in support. See you next month and next year!