The Y (Leicester YMCA)

Homeless Cold Weather Cafe

Food, warmth and a safe place for homeless people. If you or your organisation felt able to support our Cold weather Café you would be helping us to open our doors earlier in the morning to the rough sleepers of Leicester during the coldest months of the year. Through your support you would be allowing us to offer a hot cooked breakfast and access to appropriate support services.

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The Y Advice and Support Centre (YASC), part of Leicester YMCA, is a direct access day centre for the homeless people of Leicester and Leicestershire. The day centre is open to rough sleepers, people of no fixed abode, hostel dwellers and vulnerably housed people. A breakfast of toast and cereals is provided throughout the year but during the winter months (November to February) we provide a hot cooked breakfast to both rough sleepers and those of no fixed abode and extend the opening hours of the day centre by opening half an hour earlier. Both of these actions help to alleviate the health risks associated with homelessness and provide individuals with the opportunity to engage with staff, ensuring when needed that they are signposted to appropriate agencies and support services. The total cost of the project is approximately £5,000 comprising of the additional food purchased, the hiring of a cook, the additional ½ hour of staff time and a small administrative charge. We need to secure funding for the full amount or contributions that help to enable us to maintain this project in the winter of 2008/09. We would be delighted to meet or speak with you or your organisation in order to ensure that this valuable service continues to support vulnerable individuals.