A ‘homelessness weekend’ is set for February 7 – 9 in partnership with Norwich Cathedral, St Martins and Pathways. The event is an opportunity to learn more about the issue of homelessness, hear from some of the people who have experienced homelessness in Norwich and find out about the organisations who are working to support vulnerable people in the city.
A Night in the Cloisters
The event will start with ‘A Night in the Cloisters’ on Friday February 7 from 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful ancient cloisters of Norwich Cathedral whilst raising money for the work of Norwich homelessness charity St Martins. Before the sleep-out begins, somebody with lived experience of homelessness will talk about what it’s really like to sleep rough and about the circumstances that can lead to homelessness. A breakfast will be available the following morning from 6.45am and those who wish are welcome to join Morning Prayer in the cathedral at 7.30am. You will be outside but under cover and will need to bring your own sleeping bag and plenty of layers. The Night in the Cloisters is organised by Norwich Cathedral. To join the team, sign up via the Just Giving page or email Andy Bryant on email@example.com
Homelessness: What can we do to help?
On Saturday February 8 from 10am – 3pm there will be an exhibition of local organisations who work with homeless people with plenty of information available for people to find out more about them and ways of supporting them and getting involved. The exhibition is set to be dynamic and interactive, with input from ‘living libraries’, who will share their first-hand experience.
At 2pm local author Robert Ashton will talk about his book ‘A Spare Change’, which documents his quest to understand the issue of homelessness and how the public can help.
On Sunday February 9 Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO of St Martins will give the address at the 10.30 service and a community lunch at the Cathedral will follow.
Photo of the Cathedral Cloisters by Paul Hurst