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Practical help for the homeless

      The need for night shelter for   venue hosts one night a week   Prior to the host night a list
      the homeless is increasing. Will   for ten consecutive weeks.  of the guests expected is sent
      you do something to help?     Together in Barnet works with   out by HAB to the venue, and
         The HGS Free Church has   Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB).  they sign in on arrival. No
      been approached by the charity   Clients from HAB are vetted and   alcohol or drugs are allowed in
      Together in Barnet who run a   referred to the night shelters;   the venues and HAB do carry
      night shelter project across the   only those registered with HAB   out spot checks.
      Borough  every  night  of  the   are  accepted  in  the  shelters.   On average 17 guests, mainly
      week  at different  venues.  The   People who have problems with   men and a few women, are
      project runs in the winter months   alcohol or drugs or who have   accepted each evening. The
      from October to April, and each   complex needs are not referred.  guests eat a meal and sleep in
                                                            the building and have breakfast
                                                            before leaving; the Free Church
                                                            would use the Hall in Northway.
                                                                During the day volunteers
                                                            from the previous night shelter
                                                            deliver the mattress ‘rolls’ to the
                                                            Hall. This roll is a thin mattress,
                                                            sleeping bag and pillow all in a
                                                            bag with the client’s name on it.
                                                            The following day our volunteers
                                                            take these rolls by car to the
                                                            next night shelter venue.
                                                               Each evening we would need
                                                            a team of five or six volunteers
                                                            who would run a shift system.
                                                               The first group of volunteers
                                                            start at 6pm to set up, laying the
                                                            table for supper and setting out
                                                            drinks. Guests arrive at 7pm. They
                                                            are provided with an Oyster   Menus consist of a hearty main   volunteer who sleep the night   to May 5. We would be in the
                                                            card  by  Together  in  Barnet.  course (with a vegetarian option)   with the guests. The doors shut   second cycle starting December
                                                            Supper is served at 8pm.  and a hot pudding. Volunteers   at 10pm and lights out is 11pm.  18 as HGS Free Church has
                                                              Volunteer cooks prepare the   eat with the guests.    At 7am breakfast is served and   agreed to host Tuesdays.
                                                            evening meal in their own    At 9.30pm the night shift   guests leave at 8.30am. Breakfast   If you would like to become
                                                            homes for delivery to the Hall.  arrives, one male and one female   is cereals, fruit and toast with a   involved please e-mail either
                                                                                                                 hot drink. There are facilities or jo_morris@
                 Pets Corner: Holly Golightly – a tabby cat                                                      and services at HAB and clients or ptrafford07@
                                                                                                                 can go there to shower and
      Following in the ‘paw steps’ of   sitting on her or tapping her   Given half a chance, she will   What does Holly like about   have a hot breakfast.   JO MORRIS
                                                                                                                     Whilst many may not be
      ‘Tudor’ the marmalade cat who   face  with her paw until she   be found in the airing cupboard   living in the Suburb? She loves   able physically to help with the   STOP PRESS:
      appeared in a previous issue of   woke her up, but has learned to   snuggling in the freshly washed   being outside in the summer. Her   shelter, support may be offered by   The initial meeting about this
      Suburb News in our Pets Corner   be patient until the alarm goes   and ironed linen. When this   favourite places are sitting on top   making a donation towards costs   Homeless Project will take place
      feature, we are delighted to   off. Holly waits with Debra until   princess has had her fill of being   of the garden shed, snoozing in   of food. The Church will hold a   in the Free Church at 8pm on
      introduce Holly Golightly.  they are ready to go downstairs   tickled under her chin, a favourite   the sun on the garden bench, and   dedicated night shelter fund.  Tuesday, June 5. Anyone interested
         Holly  Golightly,  who is   just to ensure Debra does not   occupation, she will use a paw   visiting the neighbours’ gardens.  Together in Barnet are   in helping or supporting us
      known mostly as Holly, with   forget to give her some breakfast.  to push away Debra’s hand!               coming to talk to a group at   either come along to the
      nicknames Sweet Pea (when     After breakfast, if the weather   Holly’s pet hates and dislikes:  A special thank you to Debra   HGS Free Church and anyone is   meeting or get in touch using
      she’s being adorable, which is   is good, Holly will stay outside   She hates fish! She’s not keen   Young for relating this story to her   welcome to join us and perhaps   the e-mail details above.
      most of the time), and Smudgy   for hours, if not a quick visit   on dogs either!  neighbour Daphne Berkovi.  to consider supporting us. We
      (when she’s being a little   outside, then a lot of napping                                                will form a committee to
      naughty!) came to live with her   in the sunniest spot, interspersed                                       organise our night, and training
      owner, Debra Young, who has   with requests for attention and                                              (two hours) for volunteers will
      lived in Hampstead Garden   some play. As Debra works from                                                 be held at HAB in Woodside
      Suburb for 20 years. Debra was   home and is usually in her office,                                        Avenue N12. Together in Barnet
      asked to adopt Holly by a family   she finds keeping Holly keeps                                           will check our H&S policy, fire
      friend of her original owner in   her company, while Holly sits                                            procedures and carry out a risk
      November 2010. At the time   on office papers and types badly                                              assessment.
      Holly was 10 months old, very   as she walks across the keyboard.                                             Next winter the plan is to have
      timid and a little traumatised.   Originally only a downstairs                                             three, 10-week cycles: October 8
      Debra adopted her because sadly,   cat with a limited realm, she                                           to December 16, December 17
      her original owner died. Originally   was allowed the run of the                                           to February 24, and February 25
      called Molly, Debra renamed   house some time ago. She rules
      her after the iconic character   over every room now.
      that Audrey Hepburn played in   Everything about Holly is
      ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.  special; she’s sweet and feisty
         Holly’s routine: she wakes   and owns Debra, her home and
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      the bedroom and looks out over   at  the top of the stairs with a
      the garden.                ball of string – the simple things
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