Sanktuary was set up in December 2008 and in the time since then the project has had an enormous impact in Wellington. Many volunteers have given their time over the years, some for just one night and others for the whole 5 years, to bringing peace to the night time community and offer help and advice to anyone in need during the nights we have been out.
Over the past 2 years however we have not been operating to the full extent that we would like. There have been many weekends that we have not been able to organise a team of volunteers to be out in Wellington. Despite various attempts at bringing in new volunteers we have not been able to rectify the situation.
Earlier this month the Sanktuary management committee held a difficult meeting at the end of a series of meetings and had to conclude that sadly the project does not have a future.
Arrangements have been made for the Telford Street Pastors to begin patrols in Wellington and they have invited the church-going volunteers of Sanktuary to join them.
We will be arranging an event for all past Sanktuary volunteers to come together to celebrate the work of this project over the past 5 years. We do not want this project to end badly but to be celebrated for the amazing difference that all of its volunteers have made. Details of this event will be sent out in due course when a venue and date have been confirmed by Dewi Evans.
Deborah Reck on behalf of the Sanktuary Management Committee
On behalf of CNI Network we would like to thank the amazing team who had the vision and launched Sanktuary 5 years ago. They have done a tremendous job and have made a massive impact within the area of Telford they worked.
Sanktuary will have a lasting impact in the lives of those it has helped and through the work of CALLA which was started as a result of Sanktuary volunteers responding to human trafficking on the streets of the town.
The project was a great example of church and community working hand-in-hand and we are saddened that some of the volunteers will not be able to carry on volunteering within the night-time in this way. We thank them and wish them well in future endeavours.
Thank you once again to all who have invested in Wellington through Sanktuary. Particular thanks to Deborah for all she has done and the Management Team.
Paul Blakey MBE on behalf of CNI Network