This evening Stephen joined other supporters in celebrating the NEWway Project's highly successful first year.
NewWay Winter Night Shelter was established in response to the rising levels of poverty and homelessness in Newham. The shelter opened its doors in November and offered guests - who would otherwise be sleeping on the street - a safe and warm place to sleep, as well as a hot meal.
The project - supported by local churches from across Newham - finished for the year at the end of January having provided 1,139 warm beds for the night to 61 different guests with 23 of those guests being permanently resettled.
Speaking after the evening, which celebrated the contribution of the numerous volunteers that gave their time and energy to make the project possible, Stephen said: "NEWway project has been an invaluable resource to our community this winter. 61 people found a warm and welcoming place to stay instead of being forced to sleep on the street, something many of us take for granted. I would like to thank Angie Allgood who took the initiative, the churches involved, Jonny Adams for coordinating the project and all the volunteers for giving up so much of their time and energy to support the most vulnerable in Newham and for helping 23 people find permanent accommodation. NEWway project has been a remarkable success."
Below is a video looking back at NEWway Project's first year