Organisers of winter drop-in centre The Well on Albert Street, Newark, thank volunteers after its closure for the year
Organisers of a winter drop-in centre for the homeless have thanked its volunteers and supporters after it closed for the year.
Sara Brumhead, co-ordinator of The Well drop-in at Newark Baptist Church on Albert Street, said people had been generous with their time, energy, money and willingness to go above and beyond what was asked.
“Volunteers have cooked, cleaned and worked behind the scenes to look after the guests coming in,” said Sara.
“We have had support from right across the community as well as several local businesses like Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose.
“We have served over 1,000 free meals to around eight to 15 people a night. More than 70 people have used the drop-in service.
Around 30 of those were regulars for several weeks at a time while they found and settled into new accommodation.
“Newark and Sherwood district took 20 emergency housing referrals. Their housing and outreach teams have worked hard to try to ensure no-one had to sleep rough over the winter,” she said.
Sara said she needed pay particular thanks to the 30-strong volunteer team who came in night after night, despite the freezing cold weather and complications due to covid.
She said the drop-in hadn’t stopped altogether.
A hot take-away meal is still being made available from IM-PACT on Mondays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm as well as from Open Kitchen on Thursdays from noon to 1pm.
These schemes are also run from Newark Baptist Church.