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Homeless nightshelter in Chesterfield closes for the spring and summer

It's expected to return later in the year when the weather gets cold once more.

Chesterfield Churches Nightshelter project-which has helped the homeless across North Derbyshire over winter-has come to an end for the Spring and Summer.

Hundreds of volunteers have been involved, in a bid to get rough sleepers off the streets during the colder months.

Phil Morton from the Derby City Mission says it's helped change lives; "For the homeless community to know that their are people in this town that care about them, to have somewhere to come, has just been fantastic."

"For many then, that's been the motivation for them to get themselves out of that situation."

Mr Morton also confirmed he's looking to reproduce the initiative next winter; "We're already committed to opening this coming winter. We've already approached the churches that we used last year, three of which have already agreed that we can use them next winter."

Meanwhile, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins admits he's concerned for the welfare of those who've used the service-now it won't be available for the foreseeable future; "Its not just about the rough sleeping at night, but it's also about the number of people who have nowhere to be during the day."

"They often end up migrating into the town centre, which has other consequences in terms of anti-social behaviour and how attractive Chesterfield is as a tourist destination for shoppers."

Meanwhile, Mr Perkins praised the work of those who've dedicated their time to the project over the past few months; "I think it shows what the spirit of Chesterfield is all about. There are a lot of people out there who want to help others less fortunate than them, so I'm incredibly proud that those people contributed in the way they have."


 

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