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Ending Homelessness in Newport

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

Homelessness is awful no matter the time of year, with many people facing challenges a lot of us could never think of. However, it is certain that the winter season is the worst time to be living on the streets. The dark and cold nights can have a damaging effect on a person’s mental and physical health and unfortunately, they can even be fatal.


Throughout December, Newport Youth Council hope to share with you some information on homelessness and wants to make you aware of how you can help reduce the amount of those who are sleeping rough in Newport and how you can support your community.


There are several organisations working to tackle homelessness in Newport, some of which have been founded in our city! These organisations rely on public support through donations of money and supplies as well as the valuable time of volunteers.


If you think you could help to support these valuable homelessness charities in Newport, please take a look at the details below for organisations including Eden Gate, The Wallich, Llamau, The Salvation Army and Shelter Cymru.


Volunteer with Eden Gate Newport

Who are they?

Eden Gate exists in Newport for those who find themselves vulnerable, either because they have no home or because they are trapped by drugs or alcohol (or sometimes both). Nobody has to feel vulnerable when there are hands willing to help. The key to our programme is engaging those who can cope, to help those who can't.


How can you get involved?

You can volunteer by:

- providing emergency accommodation in the Night Shelter, providing hospitality to those who access their drop-in sessions and reaching out to those who need support in Pill

- cooking a meal

- chatting with their guests and ensuring they have an enjoyable stay.


To apply to volunteer, you will need to fill in an application form which can be printed and delivered to the premises, or via electronic form.

Link to form: http://edengate.org.uk/volunteering-with-us/


Eden Gate’s Sponsor a Bed Scheme

- This project is a partnership with local churches in Newport and offers accommodation for up to 12 homeless people, providing them with a bed, hot evening meal and breakfast each morning.

- To be facilitate this costs approximately £12. Therefore, Eden Gate are asking for a donation of £12 per month.

- At Eden Gate’s Night shelter project, you can help take someone off the streets whilst they are awaiting resettlement or residential rehabilitation programs.

- You can pay via ‘TotalGiving” and you can cancel at anytime by calling 01633 243235.


Contact Information

Eden Gate,

25 Hill St,

Newport.

NP20 1LZ

Telephone : 01633 243235

Email : info@edengate.org.uk


Newport Night Shelter

Who are they?

During the coldest winter months, a group of Newport churches open their doors and hearts to welcome the city’s homeless from the streets. They provide a hot supper and drinks, a warm, safe bed for the night, toiletries, breakfast in the morning, and genuine friendship. Over and above meeting the immediate need for emergency shelter, they try to get to know their guests and tailor the support they offer to their individual needs. This commonly involves help with finding more permanent accommodation and support to overcome drug or alcohol dependence. It may be as simple as lending a listening ear or providing clean, dry clothing.


How can you get involved?

- By becoming a volunteer at the Night Shelter, you will be helping to care for some of Newport’s most vulnerable by providing hospitality and support in a calm, relaxed environment at a designated church in Newport. As a small charity, they rely heavily upon volunteers and donations.

- Volunteering not only gives you the opportunity to serve but you will also become an integral part of a team and meet a diverse range of people.

- For more information about volunteering at Newport’s Night Shelter, email info@edengate.org.uk


Contact Information

Eden Gate,

25 Hill St,

Newport.

NP20 1LZ

Telephone : 01633 243235

Email : info@edengate.org.uk

The Wallich - Welsh Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Charity

Who are they?

“We believe that everyone deserves the right to a home, but more than that, that everyone deserves the right to feel safe, to feel valued and to feel positive about their future. The Wallich operates under three core objectives: getting people off the streets; keeping people off the streets; and creating opportunities for people.”


They helped 9,664 people in 2019-20, were involved with 71 projects with 18 local authorities and their rough sleepers intervention team supported 2,541 people.


How can you get involved?

- Donate

- Fundraise

- Volunteer (https://thewallich.com/volunteer/ - link to application sheet)

- Buy something from their shop!


Contact Information

The Wallich Centre,

Cathedral Road,

Cardiff,

CF11 9JF

E-mail: mail@thewallich.net

Phone: (029) 20668464

Llamau

Who are they?

- “At Llamau we believe that no young person or vulnerable woman should ever have to experience homelessness. Our mission is to eradicate homelessness for young people and vulnerable women. But for thousands of the most vulnerable people in Wales, homelessness is a frightening reality.”

- 30 years ago, Llamau was founded to provide homeless teenagers with a safe place to stay. Since then, they have supported over 67,000 young people, women and their children who are either homeless or facing homelessness.

How can you get involved?

- Fundraise

- Donate

- Become a supported lodging provider

- Campaign with them to raise awareness of youth homelessness

- Volunteer with them (volunteering@llamau.org.uk)


Contact Information

Facebook/twitter: Llamau

Instagram: Llanau_uk

Llamau

23 Cathedral Road

Cardiff

CF11 9HA

Phone: 029 2023 9585

Email: enquiries@llamau.org.uk

The Salvation Army

Who are they?

- The Salvation Army expresses its faith through charitable action by working at the heart of communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. They have 650 churches and community centres where they offer friendship and practical help and support to some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities.

- Motivated by Christian faith, they offer practical support and services to all who need them, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Their work includes:

o Homelessness

o Modern slavery

o Poverty

o Addiction

o Campaigning and social policy

o Older people

o Community - debt advice, unemployment, isolation

- Support from communities etc allows them to respond to the people who need us most. Across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, they:

o Provide over 3,000 places every night in 82 lifehouses

o Supported over 13,000 people through our Employment service

o Supported over 11,000 victims referred to our modern slavery services


How can you get involved?

- Donate

- Fundraise

- Volunteer - you can do this by:

o Charity shop volunteering

o Community Programmes

o Working with young people in vulnerable positions

- To sign up you must contact them by email or any of the listed contact details


Contact Information

1 Hill Street

Newport

NP20 1LZ

United Kingdom

Email address: newport@salvationarmy.org.uk

Phone: 01633 267 870

https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/volunteer

Shelter Cymru

Who are they?

“Shelter Cymru is Wales’ people and homes charity. We work for people with housing needs by providing free, independent, expert housing advice and we campaign to overcome the barriers which stand in the way of people in Wales having a decent, secure home.”


How can you get involved?

- Fundraise

- Promote their campaigns and raise awareness of the charity and their work.

- Volunteer (If interested, fill in a volunteer application form at https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/work-with-us/volunteering/ and email it to viviennep@sheltercymru.org.uk)


Contact Information

Shelter Cymru Head Office

25 Walter Road

Swansea

SA1 5NN

Phone: 01792 483092

https://sheltercymru.org.uk/contact-us/

Being homeless can mean many things, and more people are affected by this issue than you may know. At Newport Youth Council, we aim to spread a message of kindness and therefore encourage you to consider helping a homeless charity this winter through donating any money you can, food supplies, giving up your time to volunteer with a local charity or simply raising awareness of the issue.

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