Support for the Night Time Community
Southampton Street Pastors
Street Pastors are Christian men and women who engage with people on the streets offering reassurance, safety and support through listening, helping and caring. We work together with other partners in the night-time economy, schools and communities to make our city safer.
Southampton Street Pastors is a charitable company (Comp. No. 7292166 & Charity No. 1137759) that has around 120 Christian volunteers drawn from over 50 churches in and around Southampton. In Southampton we have been operating since 2009.
Support for Women and Families
The Waterfall Trust aims to bring hope and restoration to women, in and around Hampshire, wanting to overcome addiction. We want to see women transformed, free from self-destructive patterns of behaviour, and living a fulfilling life with dignity and confidence.
We are a Christian inclusive charity welcoming women seeking support, from all backgrounds, abilities, faiths and ethnic groups. Our ethos is Christian, although women do not have to be a Christian to access our services.
Our programme involves weekly one to one support that runs alongside our weekly group work. We work alongside other specialist providers and are able to provide a safe place for women where they are treated as individuals and their needs are addressed holistically.
Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. We are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in our local communities.
Support for homeless people
St Denys feels called to help vulnerable groups. The Southampton Sunday Lunch Project and Winter Night Shelter Scheme are just two projects St Denys is currently involved with as part our calling to help people.
Southampton Sunday Lunch Project
The Southampton Sunday Lunch Project is charity providing a Sunday lunch for all those that need a it in a warm, welcoming, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Regular lunch guests are adults only, some are working or retired but in need of support and company, some have temporarily fallen on difficult times, some are temporarily without a suitable home and some need a good lunch and company.
St Denys is one of the locations where the charity hosts a Sunday lunch from every Sunday.
Winter night shelter – January–February 2020
What’s the vision?
A city where no-one needs to sleep rough or beg.
What’s the situation?
The hostels in Southampton are full and last winter an average of 30 people slept rough each night. The Winter Night Shelter Scheme is part of the wider Street Support partnership approach to tackling the growing challenge of rough sleeping and contributing towards the vision. It’s a practical outworking of God’s love.
How can we help?
A group of churches across the centre of Southampton opened their buildings on a rotation over 4 weeks in January/February, hosting between 4 & 10 homeless guests for each night. St Denys Church is part of this group hosting people on Sunday nights in January and February, providing a hot meal, a chance to chat, a bed for the night and breakfast: warm hospitality.