15 December 2016

Support SOS Bristol to fund the city’s night shelters this winter

St Mungo's night shelter fundraising campaignSafer off the Streets (SOS) Bristol, is a pioneering fundraising campaign from local homelessness charities St Mungo's (which runs several BMH services), The Julian Trust, Caring in Bristol and Crisis Centre Ministries.

The charities are asking people to help raise £100k to keep Bristol's night shelters running so that homeless people have somewhere safe to stay, to support their mental and physical health.

There are four night shelters in the city offering 70 emergency bed spaces and in the last week of November every bed was full. Each shelter provides somewhere safe and supportive to stay whilst volunteers and staff work to help people find accommodation and help with health and employment issues. The night shelters are run by the charities in partnership with Bristol City Council and SOS Bristol is the latest initiative from the Rough Sleeping Partnership, set up by the Council to tackle rising homelessness in the city through new service provision and awareness campaigns.

David Ingerslev, project manager at St Mungo's and rough sleeping partnership lead, says: "Bristol is a compassionate city and people often ask how they can make a difference. This one city approach means we are all working towards the same goal: to support the most vulnerable people off our streets and into accommodation.

"We're asking people to donate the SOS Bristol campaign and also to volunteer their time and spread the word about contacting www.streetlink.org.uk if they are concerned about someone sleeping rough so we can help them move into safe shelter off the streets."

The four shelters are free to clients, with donations going towards running costs, laundry bills and volunteer expenses. Visit www.fundsurfer.com/SOSBristol to find out more and use the hashtag #SOSBristol on Twitter to join the conversation.

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