Lord Mayor's visit at WLM's Night Shelter

We would like to thank former Lord Mayor and current Westminster Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, Ian Adams, for visiting WLM's Night Shelter. During his visit he expressed a strong interest in keeping in touch and working with WLM.

Here is his reflection on his time at the shelter with WLM Seymour Place manager, David Logan:

"One of my final engagements before the end of my year serving as The Lord Mayor of Westminster was also one which has left a lasting impact.  I spent an evening visiting the WLM Night Shelter hosted by Farm Street Church in the heart of Mayfair.  The venue is among several churches across Westminster, along with a mosque and a synagogue, who between them provide nightly shelter to homeless people referred to them by their central management hub of WLM Seymour Place, a daily resource of support for people living on the streets of the borough. I was struck by the welcoming and attentive volunteers who not only prepare and serve the food (donated by local restaurants and hotels) but who later hand out clean bedding to each of the overnight guests, with men and women allocated separate rooms to sleep.  

Lord Mayor's visit at WLM's Night Shelter

As the guests tucked into a hearty curry followed by rhubarb and cream, I chatted to a number of those around the table. I was particularly struck by the challenge of those people in employment but who live on the margins of society - partly a reflection of the very challenging housing situation in London. One young man, originally from East Asia, had spent several years living near Liverpool before moving to London in search of a new life.  He, like many of the others enjoying their meals, now has a job - in his case as a warehouse picker in West London.  Having a bed for the night, along with a decent meal, made the crucial difference for securing paid employment, he told me, thanks to the support provided by WLM Seymour Place and their partners in the community, and Westminster Council who the centre work closely with to help people transition off the streets.

Lord Mayor's visit at WLM's Night Shelter

I thought the whole set-up of the service was superb and a reflection of the dedication of everyone involved in providing the WLM Night Shelter to the homeless people present. The project clearly makes an enormous difference and it’s marvellous that it is helping people in such an empowering manner"

Cllr Ian Adams

Posted by: Admin on Wednesday 30 May 2018

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