Safe Shelter – St Columba’s and Queanbeyan

Safe Shelter 2016 A5_1Safe Shelter for homeless men re-opened for the winter on 26 April at St Columba’s Uniting Church, Braddon, Canberra with Safe Shelter Queanbeyan formally launching on 27 April.
The St Columba’s Shelter in Braddon operates for three nights – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – every week until 29 September, and is a “walk-in” facility.
The Queanbeyan Shelter operates at the Queanbeyan Uniting Church as required to support referrals from the St Benedict’s Community Day Centre. Both are staffed by volunteers, who sleep on the church hall floors, just like the guests.

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Safe Shelter opened 28 April

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Safe Shelter for homeless men opened on Tuesday 28 April, operating on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until 1 October.

The Shelter operates in the Lewis Hall, St Columba’s Uniting Church, 10 Fawcett Street, Braddon from 7.00 pm until 7.00 am on each of those nights, with doors closed to new arrivals after 10.00 pm.

Up to 8 guests sleep on the floor along with with 3 volunteers, on either their own bedding or on a Streetswag supplied by Safe Shelter. Guests are admitted on a “first come” basis. Over 50 volunteers have already completed their two night training courses, about 40% of them female. Many volunteers are returning, having worked in the Shelter in 2014. More volunteers are registered to undergo training in May, June and July, ready to fill gaps in the rosters as winter progresses.

Media contact or to organise interviews with volunteers: Richard Griffiths by email: safeshelteract [at]

Safe Shelter calls for volunteers for Winter 2014

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The Safe Shelter project for homeless men is calling for volunteers to staff the overnight
shelter, in St Columba’s Church, Braddon during the coming winter.

The 2014 program will build on the experience gained in the 2013 pilot project and involve training for the volunteers. They will then be asked to work in teams of 3 to provide basic, sleeping-on-the-floor, overnight shelter in St Columba’s Lewis Hall on Fawkner Street, Braddon. Once trained, volunteers will be asked to commit to no more that one night each month.

Depending on the numbers of trained volunteers, it is hoped Safe Shelter will be able to
provide overnight shelter on 2 or 3 nights each week, between Anzac Day and early October.

Volunteers are asked to e-mail safeshelteract[at] for more details and to be given the program for the training courses, which take place over two evenings. They then select  which training evenings they can attend, and apply for their Working With Vulnerable People cards from the ACT Government.

Safe Shelter Pilot Project Review

Safe shelterReport now available here

A Safe Shelter Pilot Project was operational in Canberra City during the winter of 2013 at St Columba’s Uniting Church, Braddon. The pilot project was pursued by a committed group of volunteers who wanted to express God’s love to the homeless through the provision of safe, warm shelter for at least one night of the week. A review of the pilot project has now been completed with the report available here.

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Safe Shelter for the Homeless in Canberra

Lewis Hall St Columba'sThis winter, the St Columba’s Uniting Church in Braddon, will be opening its Lewis Hall for homeless men to sleep one night per week. This is a project supported by several churches in the North Canberra area. A local team supported by UnitingCare Community Development Worker, Briony Griffiths, is now looking for volunteers to support the project.

To volunteer, please contact: Briony Griffiths, Community Development Worker, Canberra Region Presbytery Ph: 02 6248 9311, Email: bgriffiths at

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