Welcome to Night Ministry
'Dundee’s proportion of homeless people sleeping rough before approaching the council for help is double the national average, Scottish Government 2015/16 figures show.
Night Ministry which was established in 2014, is a non denominational independent volunteer based Christian organisation, located in Dundee on the North East coast of Scotland.
Night Ministry is an innovative new scheme operating seasonally from October to April working in the late evening and early mornings taking care and compassion to the street homeless and rough sleepers throughout Dundee and surrounding areas.
Street outreach is at the heart of our mission. We aim to demonstrate the love of our father God to ALL street homeless persons regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability by providing or assisting in the provision of humanitarian support, pastoral care such as listening, befriending, sign posting to other charities or agencies, supporting, and encouraging in order to save and improve the lives of Dundee's most marginalised people, the street homeless and those caught up in a street lifestyle.
'Homelessness makes people feel hopeless'. Our mission is to maintain human dignity through practical help improving the conditions of life for street homeless people at whatever level they are prepared to receive help..
Street Homeless Person - Dundee Dec 2014
How The Night Ministry try to achieve our aims.
The Night Ministry street outreach operates an outreach support vehicle equipped with hot drinks, food, warm clothing, hats, gloves, sleeping bags / duvets, reaching out nightly and early in the morning in a bid to find and help as many people as possible who are sleeping rough in doorways, church entrances, bin sheds, cars, bus shelters, parks, car parks, void /derelict properties, across the city of Dundee.
Night Ministry volunteer handing out a duvet.
Dundee 2014 - Rough Sleepers in Dundee taking shelter wherever they can.
We often find people who are new to the streets and are sleeping rough for the first time and those who have been rough sleeping for longer periods. We try to build trusting relationships and signpost people to organisations which can help them access accommodation, mental health services, drug or alcohol addiction services in order to help them rebuild their lives and if desired move off the streets.
Our first patrol commencing at 21:00 to 23:00 hrs and second patrol being at 05:00 to 07:00 hrs. We endeavour to provide an on call response service throughout the night.
The Night Ministry street outreach
can be contacted by calling Mobile: 07 999 872 928
The Night Ministry volunteer searches the allies of Dundee for rough sleepers.
What is Homelessness?
Homelessness is more than just sleeping rough, in its broadest sense homelessness is the problem faced by people who lack a place to live that is supportive, affordable, decent & secure. Whilst rough sleepers are the most visible homeless population, the vast majority of homeless people live in hostels, squats, bed & breakfasts or in temporary insecure conditions 'sofa surfing' with friends and family.
Most homeless persons actually have some sort of insecure environment they can stay. It is a small proportion who are actually street homeless.
A lot of the people who lose accommodation have experienced issues such as domestic violence, family / friends problems, mental health issues, relationship disputes, financial hardship, etc. It's not always down to antisocial behaviour.
Why Do People Become Street Homeless?
Some reasons are personal; related to the family, community and individual. Others are structural…relating to the economy, the law, social trends and the national housing system. Homelessness is likely to be caused by a combination of structural and personal factors.
There are however, risk factors which make it more likely a person could become street homeless, these could include:
- Family conflict & or relationship breakdown between partners.
- Leaving institutions (Prison, Mental health,etc).
- Mental health problems.
- Substance misuse
- Dual diagnosis (mental problems/ combined with substance abuse).
- Financial issues.
- Having no recourse to public funds (eg, being sanctioned = no benefits)
- Refugee or people seeking asylum.
Rough Sleeper location in central Dundee, December 2014
How Can YOU Help?
The Night Ministry street outreach volunteers are unpaid. We do not have any paid employees or directors. We do not currently receives any funding from government or local authorities and are totally dependant upon financial donations from the public and sponsorship or product donation from businesses.
If you feel that you would like to support our outreach work maybe you would consider making a financial donation or donation of food or clothing please contact us.
We would also ask that you Pray
for all street homeless people in Dundee and elsewhere in the world. Pray good things for them, ask God to bless them and to place his loving arms around them and keep them safe. Thank you. God Bless