MTaS – More Than a Shelter
With the remarkable success of ‘More Than a Shelter’ Pilot Project in January 2019, Windsor will continue to provide shelter for our homeless and vulnerable guests during the coldest winter months. A huge thank you to the local churches and wonderful volunteers for their commitment and dedication to the pilot project, and most importantly to our guests for making this happen.
What is More than a Shelter?
The Project is a local ecumenical and community project supported by Windsor Christian Action. The project has forged excellent relationships with Churches Together in Windsor (CTW), Windsor Homeless Project (WHP), FoodShare, Driven Forward, RBWM, local Police and over 200 local volunteers.
What do we do?
- a safe and warm overnight place of rest to rough sleepers over the harshest winter weather period
- a hot meal in the evening and a simple breakfast in the morning
- a listening ear to those who would like to enter into conversation with volunteers.
- assistance in helping rough sleepers improve their long term life situation in view of their physical needs
When do we operate?
The shelter operates during the coldest winter months. Our next sessions will take place from mid December 2019 until mid March 2020
Dates for MTaS Volunteer Training:
All volunteers must attend one of the following sessions.
- 14 October 2019 7.00pm – 8.30pm
- 13 November 2019 7.00pm – 8.30pm
- 4 December 2019 7.00pm – 8.30pm
All training will be held at St. Edward’s Parish Centre, Alma Road, Windsor.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Dates for Shelter Conflict Management, Observational and Homeless Training: :
All sessions will be from 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm at the Windsor Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Windsor and you only attend one session.
Please RSVP David Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the date that you are attending and let him know if you attended the training last year.
The dates are:
11, 18 and 19 October 2019
8, 15 and 16 November 2019
6 December 2019
Many thanks for your commitment. It is important that we all attend this training.
More Than a Shelter December 2019 – March 2020
After the remarkable success of ‘More Than a Shelter’ Pilot Project in January 2019, our Windsor community must continue to provide shelter including a hot meal, bed, breakfast and companionship for our rough sleepers and vulnerable guests over the harshest winter weather period.
More Than a Shelter will now operate every winter from mid- December to mid-March for 12 weeks.
The Project is a local ecumenical and community project supported by Windsor Christian Action. The project has forged excellent relationships with Churches Together in Windsor (CTW), Windsor Homeless Project (WHP), FoodShare, Driven Forward, RBWM, local Police and 160 + local volunteers.
Joint Shelter Coordinators – paid pro rata
We are looking for anyone interested or know of anyone who would be interested in the Joint Shelter Coordinator position. The Joint Shelter Coordinators will be responsible for managing the Night Shelter over the winter. We are looking for two Coordinators.
Here is the job description for the Joint Shelter Coordinator: Joint Shelter Coordinator Job Description and Personal Specification
Volunteers – WE NEED YOUR HELP
Volunteers are urgently required for the MTaS Windsor Night Shelter
15 December 2019 to 14 March 2020
5.30 pm to 8.30 am
The Churches in Windsor will come together and take responsibility to open their parish hall one or more nights a week to accommodate the rough sleepers and marginalised in our community during the harshest months of the year.
There are a range of activities to include:
- helping with the shelter shifts (evening, overnight and morning shifts)
- helping with the preparation of evening meals and breakfasts
- helping with general administration tasks
No previous experience is required as training will be provided. All volunteers will be required to attend a mandatory training sessions for safeguarding, first aid and volunteer training.
If you are interested in volunteering for this very important ministry and would like to find out more then please….
visit the More Than a Shelter webpage: http://windsorchristianaction.org/more-than-a-shelter
join our new More Than a Shelter Windsor Group Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461457894583835/
Please sign up for this important ministry!
Are interested in volunteering for the evening, night and breakfast shifts or becoming involved in this project?
Please send an email with your name and contact details to: email@example.com
To ensure compliance with the Diocese GDPR requirements the volunteer contact list used earlier this year has been deleted.
We have received our first donation.
A big ‘shout out’ to Shanly Foundation for their generous donation. Thank you.
Quiz Night- Thank you: More Than a Shelter & SVP Quiz
Wonderful Quiz and friendship last Friday in the newly refurbished St. Edward’s parish centre. Huge thanks to Trevor Williams and his team of Catenians for organising the event and sincere thanks to all fellow parishioners, local friends and family who supported the quiz. Without you we could not have raised the magnificent sum of £558.00 split between the “More Than a Shelter” project and the SVP “Sudan” appeal. Emilie Chana (MTaS) and Barry Thompson (SVP).
Dates for your diary:
Further Information to be released soon…
Watch out for further information in the coming weeks.
Please continue to pray for God’s leading and provision as the practicalities of the Shelter are implemented.
Friday 18 October 2019: St Edward’s Talks – Tasmin Little
A small group have put together a new initiative at St. Edward’s Parish, STEDwards Talks. The aim is to bring the Parish and the wider community together in the new Parish Centre, raising money for local charities.
For the inaugural talk, we are very honoured to welcome world renowned violinist, Tasmin Little OBE.
Tasmin will be joining us on Friday 18th October at 7.30 pm for a 1 hour talk followed by wine and time to meet new and old friends alike in the community.
The cost is £15 including the glass of wine. Tickets are limited.
To purchase tickets please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Funds raised will go to local charities, with MTaS a priority for funds from this talk.
Come and join in! – we look forward to seeing you then.
St Edwards Talks Team
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