Homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in our community. The national homeless charity Shelter in the last year recorded that over 300,000 people in Britain are living as homeless or living in inadequate homes. Within that more then 9,000 people slept rough on London streets last year with the figure rising considerably day by day.
Last Winter Al-Manaar joined 13 churches and one synagogue to contribute towards the “Winter Night Shelter Scheme”, which has been running for the last 8 years. The Scheme is a joint effort between City of Westminster Council, The West London Day Centre, Volunteers and Faith Community organisations, which caters annualy for 90 people, who are provided temporary overnight shelter during the Winter and assisted to move on towards more independent life. Last year 60 homeless guests moved on to permanent accommodation and 25 onto full time work. Nearly half of the homeless guests came from a Muslim background.
A meeting has been organised to discuss the role of Mosques in supporting homeless people and to share experiences of existing support by Al-Manaar and others.
Mark Brennan from Housing Justice who is a national homeless shelter coordinator will be presenting a detailed introduction to the Winter Night Shelter Scheme, how more mosques can be involved in the noble service and how important community engagement is within supporting local homeless guests.
The meeting will take place at the Al-Manaar Mosque in West London from 2PM time to 4PM on 26th September 2018
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