The Winchester Churches Nightshelter held its AGM and annual supporters evening at the United Church and a special announcement was on the cards.
The charity, based in Jewry Street, will change its name to Winchester Beacon to more widely reflect its work as so much more than a night-shelter.
Steve Brine MP was at the event and spoke of his ongoing support for their work; "It was clear how much they supported the community during covid this past year but also how the mission has moved on and changed. The new is a reflection of that and I am sure they will go from strength to strength and give years more service to Winchester and some of our most vulnerable fellow residents."
A spokesperson for the charity said; "After adapting and evolving to cope in the pandemic, we have taken the decision to change our working name to better reflect the service we have become.
"Seeing the benefits for residents of changes made during the pandemic, such as being open 24 hours a day and operating with single bedrooms, we have decided to make these modifications permanent. This makes us no longer just a night-time facility. Another motivation for change was residents sharing that the name ‘Nightshelter’ can carry feelings of shame and embarrassment with it and can be barrier to people seeking our support.
"These factors have led us to consult with residents, volunteers, staff and supporters over several months before creating and launching our new identity. Whilst we remain rooted in our past, we are looking forward to growing into the future as The Winchester Beacon with the support of our loyal community."
Pictured; the AGM in progress.
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