Bishop of Loughborough becomes Patron of homelessness charity

Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani, Church of England Bishop of Loughborough, has joined One Roof Leicester as their new Patron.

One Roof Leicester (ORL) is a charity which provides accommodation and support to people who find themselves homeless or destitute in Leicester.  ORL has a long term objective to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness in Leicester.

Bishop Guli said: “It is a great joy and privilege for me to be associated with One Roof Leicester as Patron. I’m very much looking forward to opportunities for getting involved and learning more about the work. Part of my role will be to help raise the profile of the charity, and to encourage people from all faiths and none to volunteer and contribute to supporting some of those who are most vulnerable in our community.” 

The charity runs a housing project which provides temporary accommodation for those who have experienced homelessness or rough sleeping and are struggling to find suitable accommodation. The people in the houses are provided additional support and befriending by members of the local community.

The One Roof Winter Night Shelter will launch on 9 December. Opening its doors for the fourth year, the Winter Night Shelter project offers shelter and hospitality to people that would otherwise be sleeping rough.  Seven different faith venues in Leicester provide a safe place for up to 12 rough sleepers (guests) per night to sleep with eight other venues offering support. The guests are supported by a team of volunteers who provide hospitality, friendship and food. During their time on the shelter they are supported to achieve sustainable accommodation.

Revd Helen Hayes, Chair of One Roof Leicester, said: “We are very excited about Bishop Guli joining us at One Roof Leicester to help tackle the issue of homelessness and lack of suitable move-on accommodation in the City and County. It is really important that the faith communities in Leicester speak out about homelessness in this city. Our houses and night shelter go some way to alleviating the problem, but we need support and help to do more, so we are hugely grateful to Bishop Guli for agreeing to become our patron.”

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