The Night Shelter
During the pandemic it was not considered safe to hold the Night Shelter. We continue to hope (and pray) that it will be possible to resume this very important service to some of the homeless next Winter.
What Is A Night Shelter
A night shelter offers emergency sleeping accommodation which is warm and safe as well as hot food for those in need. It aims to minister to the spiritual needs of its guests as well as to their emotional and physical needs.
Newport Night Shelter is not a drop-in service. It is managed by the registered charity Eden Gate. It operates in over 16 churches with over 400 volunteers involved in a 4 month period.
Newport Night Shelter first began in December, 2009 after volunteers had visited London. They witnessed night shelters that had been opened up for the homeless. Since waiting lists in hostels were so high it was decided to open up churches as places of refuge for those in need.
Open Door Welcome
Opening its doors to the city’s homeless, providing a hot supper, drinks, warmth and a safe bed for the night during the coldest months of the year, Newport Cathedral is proud to be part of such a deserving cause. There is genuine friendship on offer as well as toiletries and breakfast in the morning.
As well as providing immediate and emergency aid, support is also accessible in the form of practical help. Every attempt is made to secure more permanent accommodation for those who are homeless, as well as offering help to people battling with drug dependency and/or alcoholic addiction. Sometimes all that is needed are clean clothes and a listening ear.
A team of volunteers man the shelters in the coldest and wettest months of the year. Newport Cathedral is proud of the volunteers who assist by offering a calm, relaxed, safe, non-judgemental and friendly environment where people can feel welcome. By demonstrating love, kindness and hospitality in this way Newport Cathedral helpers aim to become a visible testimony to Jesus Christ.
If you feel you could help in any way, please get in touch with our Cathedral Administrator