This evening, Stephen visited NewWay Winter Night Shelter in Bonny Downs Church, East Ham, and had dinner with the volunteers and guests.
NewWay Winter Night Shelter was established in response to the rising levels of poverty and homelessness in Newham. The shelter - in its first year of operating - runs from November through until the end of January and offers guests - who would otherwise be sleeping on the street - a safe and warm place to sleep, as well as a hot meal.
The NewWay project is supported by local churches from across Newham who take it in turns to open up their doors for the night to provide much needed shelter and support for up to 15 guests. The project is Coordinated by Jonny Adams.
Speaking after the visit, Stephen said: "NewWay project is serving the most vulnerable people in our borough in the most practical way, and they are doing an excellent job. The cost of living crisis; rises in energy bills and rents, along with ruthless changes in the welfare system means that levels of rough sleeping in London are rising under this government, which makes projects like this one all the more important. On such a cold night like this, I would like to thank all those volunteering to make this project a warm and welcoming place for those with nowhere else to go"