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Robes Sleepout 2015

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What does the Robes Project do?
It provides temporary accommodation for people who are homeless. This is respite accommodation. A stay at the night shelter also affords people the stability and time from which to make contact with services such as health and legal services, to look for education and employment opportunities and find more permanent accommodation. The Robes Project night shelter operates from November until April each year. 

This year the Clapham churches are collaborating through CTiC (Churches Together in Clapham) and providing accommodation at St Paul's Church, Rectory Grove, Clapham, SW4 0DX. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Anna Long. She and a number of others from CHS will also be joining the sleepout on 27 November, to raise money and awareness for the Robes Project.

The timeFriday 27 November from 7pm to Saturday 28 November at 7am
The placeSouthwark Cathedral
For details and how to register

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Read about a previous sleepout
At last Friday evening had arrived and it was not raining; I set off for Southwark Cathedral with warm clothes, sleeping bag, ground mat, tarpaulin and a wooly hat. There was a lovely atmosphere at the Cathedral as 150 of us registered to sleep outside in the cathedral grounds over night. Having found my pitch it was time to mingle and spot people I knew. There were many Friends of Southwark Cathedral  providing us with hot drinks and hospitality during the night. At 9.15pm Jo Brand entertained us for half hour including some quite risqué jokes, this was followed by a calming service of Compline before settling down in our sleeping bags. It was a cold night, but we all knew we would be returning home to a hot bath unlike the homeless people the Robes Project is there to help. The Bishop went round at 6.30am ringing a hand bell (like a school teacher) and we then had a Eucharist service at 6.45am. I am so pleased I did it, to be surrounded by people who care and support the homeless.