Safe Shelter in Canberra have announced the results of their review of pilot operations in 2013.
Here are the recommendations:
Based on the stakeholder feedback collated above, the Safe Shelter Management Committee are now progressing a number of recommendations for 2014 which include:
• Expansion of the Safe Shelter Project to more nights of the week at St Columba’s Uniting Church. The St Columba’s Church Council has given in-principle agreement for the Lewis Hall to be utilised for the Safe Shelter up to 3 nights each week during winter in 2014.
o Encouragement given by referring agencies and their suggestion that further nights at the one venue may best suit guests, and the interest of the congregation for this option.
o Allows consistency for current volunteers and minimise the work involved in expanding the volunteer contingent.
o Reduces the need for further up-front expense, any further building certification applications, or further guidelines to be developed.
o Least amount of input in order to achieve further outcomes for guests.
• The Safe Shelter Management Committee remains committed to the original ethos for
the pilot project, which would see expansion of the project to other venues such that a Safe Shelter is available up to 7 nights of the week.
In the coming months, inner-city Churches will be invited to consider how they might participate in the project during 2014. This may mean the provision of further hall spaces on other nights of the week, an increased volunteer pool and/or participation on the management committee.