Fri 4 Mar - BCAN's Sleep Out
BCAN (Bristol Christian Action Network), in conjunction with Crisis Centre Ministries, run an annual sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness and funds for charities helping to combat homelessness.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people to get involved and take part in this years sleep out to raise awareness and funding for Crisis Centre Ministries!!
It is a good fun time where people from churches across Bristol come together to experience a little of the hardships that someone sleeping rough on the streets would encounter.
When, where and what times?
We are meeting at Pip 'n' Jay car park ( Tower Hill, BS2 0ET) at 10pm on Friday 4th of March. Hot drinks will be provided before people 'get their heads down', it is a very social occasion so people may well stay up talking and praying. Drinks and loos available throughout the night.
In the morning (approximately 7am) the sleep out finishes and we provide hot food and drinks.
Who will you be helping?
Crisis Centre Ministries is a Christian run charity that helps homeless people and people with addictions throughout Bristol: “Bringing God’s grace and healing love to people with life-disrupting problems”.
The Crisis Centre runs The Wild Goose Café on Stapleton Road which serves approximately 80,000 meals a year, and last year helped 344 people into supported accommodation. They also run a training course which helps the employability of the long term unemployed, helping people onto the road to recovery.
Here is testimony from one of their service users:
“Hi my name is Richard. I’m 26 and live on the outskirts of Bristol, I am married and have a son who is 5. I contacted the Crisis Centre during the first week of November 2009 because unfortunately for all sorts of reasons I had slipped into alcohol dependency. One of the staff at Crisis Centre Ministries gave me an assessment and asked me what I would like to do. As a result of my request and after the staff member and I had visited the doctors a community detox was arranged. This was overseen by one of the staff and my wife. On completion of the detox, which was a real struggle, I started a non residential rehabilitation course at Serenity House. I completed this course of five weeks with further support from the Crisis Centre. I did some voluntary work at the Crisis Centre for a few weeks and on April 19th I started a full time job. I am very grateful to the Crisis Centre.”
If you cannot make the event but would like to sponsor a participant, Jonathan Swithinbank is trying to raise £1,000. Please see: http://www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Swithinbank.
Please contact jonathan a_t crisis-centre d_o_t org d_o_t uk, or call 0117 942 3088 for more details.