The local RRT team served over 100 meals for the homeless in Luton, at the Noah Welfare Centre on Saturday 15th February. Hot meals were particularly welcome in the strong winds and heavy rain of Storm Dennis.
Storm Dennis brought difficult weather conditions across the UK, with multiple amber and yellow warnings in force highlighting the risk of flooding and strong winds. Some parts of the country even saw red warnings in force, the first the Met Office has issued since December 2015.
While storms can cause havoc for the whole community, they are particularly difficult and dangerous times for those sleeping rough.
NOAH offers hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion. They have been working for more than 30 years to provide support for people who have nowhere else to turn.
Their Welfare Centre in Luton supports up to 100 people each day with a variety of needs. Many come to start their day with breakfast. Others have appointments, need to talk through problems or just want to come for company and a cup of tea.
The Welfare Centre is open 365 days a year from 8.15am – 3.45pm weekdays and 10.00am – 3.00pm at weekends. They also open again at 7.00pm each evening to provide soup and sandwiches to those who are homeless.
The Centre provides a safe environment where people can come and discuss their problems and get advice about a range of issues related to housing, health and employment. Everybody who comes to the Centre completes a self-assessment questionnaire from which we can, with them, devise a personal support plan tailored to each individual’s needs.
To find out more about NOAH, please visit their website.