21st Jan, 2019

Radiate Redditch to offer homeless people a place to stay over Christmas

Harry Leach 14th Dec, 2018

A GROUP of volunteers in Redditch are offering homeless people a place to stay and something to eat during the Christmas and New Year period.

Homeless group Radiate Redditch is once again holding its annual ‘Christmas Hub Night Shelter’ which will return on Monday, December 24 and will run until Tuesday, January 1.

Radiate Redditch will provide hospitality and an experience of community to people in social need at the Ecumenical Centre, on Evesham Walk.

Rev Steve Levitt of Emmanuel Church said: “We already have lots of people signed up to be volunteers. But the more the merrier.”

Roles tend to be flexible but include catering and entertaining the guests with fun activities.

“A lot of the people we have in each year are incredibly vulnerable,” said Rev Levitt.

“Luckily supermarkets really help us out.

“Redditch Aldi is sending us food towards the Christmas dinner we hold each year.”

A Daytime Hub will be also be open to guests from 11am to 4pm over the same period offering a warm welcome, snacks, drinks a hot lunch and entertainment during the day.

Mr Levitt added: “It’s also important we signpost services and make our guests aware that there is help out there.”

If you have previously volunteered with Radiate and your contact details haven’t changed since last year, the group will be contacting you directly.

If your details have changed, or you would like to consider becoming a new volunteer, contact Ben Rafiqi on 07913 845124.

If you have any specific entertainment skills, or any services related to health and well being you could offer, Radiate would also be delighted to hear from you.

New volunteers are required to attend an induction session.

There are two sessions left – Sunday, December 15 and Monday December 17 both held at The Ecumenical Centre.

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