Because there is no such thing as ‘no hope’

We work closely with:

Community Debt Advice

eSOS (East Surrey Outreach Service)

Easter Project

East Surrey Police

Furnistore

The National Probation Service

Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex (RCSS)

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Tandridge District Council


Our Supporting Partners:

Over 30 local churches and faith groups

Including Christ Central and their West Central coffee shop

Staff & Management of The Belfry, Redhill

Marks & Spencer, Redhill

Rotary

Round Table

The Seroptomists

Sainsbury’s, Redhill

Waitrose, Horley

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Chairman’s New Year letter 2018


To all our friends and supporters,

First and foremost may I say a very big thank you to all supporters and volunteers.  Most of all, may I thank those of you who have taken time out of busy Christmas schedules to keep the Drop-in and the Winter Night Shelter well-staffed over the festive season. We cannot run them without you.

This year, the Night Shelter has started with a bang.  Usually it takes a couple of weeks to get going but this year we were full in the first week and soon after had a waiting list of those wanting space when it became available.  This is a reflection of the position nationally where homelessness is on a rising trajectory.  Increasing rent levels and a shortage of truly affordable accommodation is endemic, particularly in London and the South-East and this is putting more and more pressure on services like ours.

Our daily Drop-In, which was already busier than usual last summer, is now overwhelmingly busy and as I write, has been averaging 25-30 people each weekday.  With only two paid staff, we are heavily reliant upon volunteers generously giving up their time to help us manage and feed this influx.  Space is limited but perseverance and good humour are helping us to keep on an even keel.

On the final Sunday of November we also started “The Real Meal”.  This takes place in Shrewsbury Chapel in Shrewsbury Road, Redhill where at 1pm each Sunday a team from various partner churches provide a free meal for whoever turns up. During the meal there is a devotional time involving prayer, a Bible reading, a short talk and sometimes a song.  It’s still early days but we sense that this could grow.

If you are wondering what else your church might do, then don’t forget that 28th January is “Homelessness Sunday”, a national campaign which Renewed Hope Trust is supporting.  Running the charity costs over £1,000 per week and we are grateful for anyone who can raise awareness of the need.  Even a five minute slot in your morning service could be of enormous help. We can provide you with leaflets, information and a promotional video on request.

Finally, I trust that you have had a truly memorable Christmas and may this New Year be a time of blessing for you and your families.

Thanks again

John Bartlett

Chairman