Derby Churches Night Shelter started in winter 2013 in response to a severe cut in funding for homeless beds by Derby City Council announed in April 2013. The Night Shelter runs from December through to the end of March each year.
Working together to meet the urgent need for safe overnight accommodation for Derby's street homeless, seven church venues in or near the city centre open one night per week in rotation - Derby Cathedral is the venue on a Monday evening. Volunteers provide a warm welcome and a substantial meal for 35 guests. Paid overnight staff then take over as guests slepp in sleeping bags on mattresses on the church floor.
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