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Caius joins local charity in supporting homeless during winter months

  • 31 January 2019

This winter, Gonville & Caius College is supporting local charity Cambridge Churches Homeless Project (CCHP) to provide food during their winter shelters at Great St Mary’s Church.

“As a City Centre college we are particularly aware of the difficulties of people who are homeless and hungry in Cambridge,” said Dr Pippa Rogerson, Master of Gonville & Caius College. It is for this reason, that Caius is proud to support the almost entirely volunteer-led project, which runs winter shelters in 11 churches and 1 synagogue during the coldest months of the year.

Now in its sixth winter, the project offers a kind welcome, safe place to sleep and a warm dinner to up to 17 people each night throughout December to March. This supplements the 46 beds that are made available by Cambridge City Council, as well as shelter provided by support agencies in Cambridge such as Jimmy’s Cambridge and Wintercomfort.  

Caius, Corpus Christi College, Magdalene College and The Chop House, will all provide hot meals for guests and volunteers over this winter period.

“The CCHP winter shelter is a great example of how the community of Cambridge is coming together to support many of its most vulnerable citizens.  Through the generous support of University and business partners such as Gonville and Caius and The Chop House, our team of dedicated volunteers are able to offer a safe, warm and welcoming shelter to many of Cambridge’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Revd. Jon Canessa, Chairman of CCHP.

Caius is also actively participating in the ITTAKESACITY campaign led by Rowan Williams and other City leaders to implement a strategy across Cambridge to end homelessness.


Find out more about Cambridge Churches Homeless Project here.

Find out more about the ITTAKESACITY campaign here.

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