Morecambe Homeless Action was set up over 20 years ago to try and provide relief for the many people facing homelessness in and around Morecambe, but a recent shortage of volunteers meant that for the first time since they began, they had to close.
They run drop-in sessions throughout the week at various locations in Morecambe and provide hot food and drink, warmth, shelter, housing information, advice or just a friendly face and a chat. They also offer clothes, bedding, pots, pans and other donated essentials which many people take for granted. All this helps people who are struggling to get through hard and challenging times.
All of this vital work relies on the efforts of volunteers, but with more people facing difficulties, more volunteers are needed to keep up the support.
“We are finding today that although not all our service users are homeless, many experience hardship through lack of income and lack of family support or suffer the effects of loneliness, poor mental health or substance abuse….” explains Karen Conroy, one of the trustees.
Morecambe Homeless Actions provide hot, nutritious meals and drinks and also sleeping bags, clothes and bedding when needed. They do not operate on a voucher system, nor do they charge for their services; they offer support unreservedly and also signpost service users to other agencies operating in the Morecambe area to meet specific needs.
At the moment support is available on Tuesday mornings at St. John’s Church Hall, Heysham between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and on Friday afternoons at St. Barnabas’ Community Centre between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. They are hoping to increase their service to local people in the New Year – and you could help.
Volunteers will assist in making and serving food and drinks; help keep the kitchen and serving hall clean and tidy, and also be a welcoming and friendly presence to service users.
If you would like to get involved, or just find out more, you can visit our page here or you can contact Mark Waddington directly by email at [email protected], or by telephone on 01524 555900, to discuss. This is an opportunity to make an immediate positive difference to people living with significant challenges.