27 Jan The Living Room Great Yarmouth-a little hope for People on the Streat
The Living Room’ was set up last January by local churches and organisations working in partnership in order to provide a safe, warm place for Great Yarmouth’s rough sleepers during the cold winter months. It was open every Saturday night until the end of March and provided visitors with a hot meal, a place to chat with volunteers and a warm safe place for the night. The project had several regular visitors, with increasing numbers referred from local organisations.
This winter, The Living Room will open for three nights a week in 3 different church locations – the Minster Mission, Park Baptist Church and Kingsgate church.
Anna Heydon, Imagine Norfolk Together worker for Great Yarmouth said: “Last winter we had up to 20 volunteers fulfilling several different roles, from cooking and preparing meals for the visitors to playing board games and chatting with them. Our Project Co-ordinator also meets with the visitors during the week to support them with making steps towards permanent accommodation, where appropriate.”
“This year we are going to need more volunteers so that we are able to cover the extra nights. We offer a hot meal and overnight bed for up to 10 visitors a night, plus breakfast in the morning. However, volunteers will not necessarily need to stay overnight, as there is a range of different roles available.”
One of last year’s volunteers described The Living Room in this way: “Great experience. Lovely to see people engaging over activities and meal with each other. Roll on autumn.”