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Stonepillow are not only increasing the number of people we can support, we are also going to be opening the new Bognor Hostel and the existing Chichester Hostel (St Joseph’s) 24-hours a day.

We undertook some research nationally and saw substantial benefits of 24-hour hostel provision, which was also echoed by feedback from our clients.

Stonepillow client James said, “It would be amazing if the Bognor Hostel had the funding to be open 24 hours a day. When you have to leave the hostel at 7:45 am and the weather is miserable, it is really depressing moving from shop to shop to find shelter and stay dry and warm. To be able to have more stability, a place that will feel like a home without being asked to leave so very early in the morning, and a place to come back to anytime would make a huge difference to all of us here.”

Fiona Macleod, Director of Operations said ‘It can be difficult for people to engage in the evening due to the short amount of time between them accessing, eating and going to bed – they are often extremely tired and hungry from being on the streets all day. A 24-hour provision will alleviate these issues and provide more positive outcomes for those rough sleeping in the local area. We would like to say a huge thank you to every single person that donated to our appeal and made this possible. With your support, we can continue to change people’s lives’.