Emergency support for homeless people
Hereford City is not big enough to attract the larger homeless charities like Shelter or Crisis, but still has a significant homeless population. There are many complex reasons why someone finds themselves on the street and the churches of Hereford Diocese offer emergency and ongoing support to those in need, whatever their circumstances.
St. Peter's Winter Shelter
The shelter at St. Peter's House in St. Peter's Square offers beds for up to 16 men and three women and provides a safe alternative to rough sleeping during the coldest months. Whilst there is a group of people who stay for the whole time the shelter is open, there is also a larger number of people who stay for only a short period. Ongoing support is on hand from housing officers and the Samaritans to help people make positive changes in their lives.
People who stay have access to clean dry clothing, showers, haircuts, washing machines and perhaps most importantly an entirely non-judgmental welcome.
The Winter Night Shelter opens between November and March due to funding limits. The shelter's work is dependent on donations from the public and receives a grant of £5,000 per year from Herefordshire County Council. The shelter costs £40,000 to run for the three months it is open.
Hot food network
Hot meals are available in Hereford for people who are homeless or in other need through a network of churches.
Daily snack packs are available from St Francis Xavier Church and the Salvation Army.
Open Door at St Peter's provides food parcels on the days it is open.
|Breakfast||Open Door, St Peter's Church House, St Peter's Square|
|Baptist Church, Commercial Road|
09:00-10:00 (donations welcome)
|Salvation Army, The Citadel, Edgar Street|
|Open Door, St Peter's Church, St Peter's Square 08:00-10:00|
|Dinner||St Martin's Church, Holme Lacy Road|
15:00-16:45 - hot two or three course meal
|Christian Life Centre, Edgar Street|
18:00-19:00 - hot meal
|Breakfast||St Peter's Church House, St. Peter's Square|
Bacon Butties (Sponsored by St Francis Xavier Catholic Church)
|St. John's Methodist Hall, East Street|
08:30 - 09:30
Breakfast (Sponsored by Hereford Cathedral)
|Lunch||Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church Hall Belmont Road|
12:00 to 13:00 Soup and a Roll
|St. Peter's Church House, St. Peter's Square|
11:30 Soup, roll and packed lunch
|Dinner||Salvation Army Trailer, The Citadel, Edgar Street. |
17:30 - 18:30 Soup, hot drinks, rolls
You can download a copy of the Hot Food Network rota here. Please do share it with people who may be in need and feel free to pin it to noticeboards or share it online.
Hope Scott House, Hereford
This hostel provides supervised housing for ten men on the outskirts of Hereford.
An independent charity it supports people who would be rejected by most landlords because of their circumstances.
The Archdeacon of Hereford, Paddy Benson is on the charity's board. He said: "Most residents come from chaotic experiences. There is a desperate shortage of halfway house accommodation for people who want to rebuild their lives. With the support of the Council, we hope to expand our facilities. We want to be able to take more residents, and also offer guidance services for those who want to get back into mainstream society.
“Hope Scott House is run on a shoestring, paid for mainly by the residents’ housing benefit . But the generosity of supporters and the dedication of volunteers has enabled it to survive despite funding pressures.”
A significant number of homeless people have served in the armed forces. There is specialist support available for veterans. Many veterans are unaware of the extensive support available so it is important to identify them as veterans at the earliest opportunity.
All Saints Church, Hereford
All Saints Church in Hereford is open six days a week and homeless people are welcome to spend time in the warm there.
Clergy and the church's voluntary stewards can provide details of support services available and have access to emergency funds.
They can also offer a listening ear to people who need one. You can find out more about the church here.
Homeless people are welcome to spend time in the warm at Hereford Cathedral.
The Dean or others on duty will make hot drinks for anyone in particular need.
Volunteers from the Cathedral help as part of the Hot Food Network and lend support to the Saturday morning breakfast offered at St John's Methodist Church hall.
Other churches in Hereford city
St Martin's in Ross Road is open every day and people are welcome to spend time there whatever their needs or none.
In Tupsley St Paul's Church is open every day from 09:00 until sunset, as is St Andrew's in Hampton Bishop.
Hereford Diocese's Food Banks provide 24 hours of emergency food to those in urgent need (as well as longer term support) and there is a network of Food Banks and Community Larders across the Diocese at Hereford; Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington, Hay-on-Wye, Tenbury Wells, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Clun Forest and Telford.
The contact for the Hereford Food Bank is Co-ordinator, Jacqueline Allsop, for more information call 01432 353347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For contacts for your local Food Bank in Hereford Diocese please contact either Jacqui as above or Mary Oxley in the Community Link department at the Diocesan Office on 01584 871089.
A significant number of our churches across the diocese act as collection points for the food banks and community larders. Please contact your local church if you would like to help or feel free to drop of spare non-perishable food items in their collection boxes.
Many local supermarkets also offer the facility for people to be able to donate food stuffs and other useful items to a local Food Bank or other charity working with people in food poverty.