Jimmy's Night Shelter
Registered Charity Number: 1058737
Jimmy’s is open every night of the year, welcoming 18 men and four women (and two dogs) to a place of warmth and safety.
We provide food, shelter, care, and community to men and women, aged between 18 and 65, who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough or inappropriate or in inadequate conditions. Some of our guests have spent years sleeping in shop doorways, on park benches, under bushes, on roadsides. Others have become homeless more recently and are little prepared for nights out in the cold. Some have spent weeks or months sleeping on friends’ floors or settees, or have spent time in bed and breakfast accommodation.
Jimmy’s works with many other organisations to try and find the best solutions for our guests needs: whether a more permanent address, support with substance dependencies, making contact with families, looking after physical health, finding out more about job or study opportunities, or managing mental health problems.
Daily or weekly, professionals and volunteers from a range of organisations visit Jimmy’s to work with our guests, and we liaise externally with many groups. These include: the Street Outreach Team, St John Ambulance, Cambridge City Council, Wintercomfort, Cambridge Cyrenians, Addaction, Supporting People, Probation Service, Cambridge Drug Intervention Programme, English Churches Housing Group and many more.
The breadth of work undertaken by Jimmy’s and its partners is wide-ranging and has the potential to make huge differences to people’s lives. Housing and health are invariably the priorities for our guests, but there are many other initiatives across the city: from music to literacy, from gardening to arts and crafts, and from IT to sports.
In order to provide a service of high standards to our guests, Jimmy’s relies on the kindness and loyalty of our donors and volunteers. Both are vital to the smooth running of the project, and there are many opportunities to support Jimmy’s either through donations or volunteering
Jimmy’s works hard to ensure that once guests’ basic needs are provided for they are able to take advantage of the opportunities that will enable them to take the next steps on the road to stability and well-being, and better positioned for a life away from the streets.
“Meeting so many new people, making so many new friends: I feel so privileged to be able to work with such a great bunch. Sometimes it’s hard work, but mostly it’s good fun and of course, so rewarding.”
Jimmy's Night Shelter
1 East Road
Phone: 01223 576085
Fax: 01223 576085
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