Homelessness Weekend

7 February 2020 until 9 February 2020
Cathedral and Cloisters
The Knitted House (c) Emma Knights
The issue of homelessness is being put in the spotlight during a weekend of events at Norwich Cathedral from Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February.

The weekend will begin on Friday 7 February with A Night in the Cloisters - a special fundraiser where people are being challenged to sleep overnight in the Cloisters to raise funds for homelessness charity St Martins.

Click here for more about how you can sign up to take part in the A Night in the Cloisters Sleepout. 

On Saturday February 8, there will be a day of activities in the Cathedral from 10am until 3pm. Real life stories of homelessness will be told through a ‘living library’, whereby visitors to the Cathedral can spend time with people who have been homeless and find out first-hand about their experience. There will also be an opportunity to meet the different agencies working across the city to address homelessness, and find out how best the public can help. Among the organisations attending will be St Martins, Pathways, Samaritans, The Benjamin Foundation, Soul Church, Norwich Street Aid, Emmaus and The Feed.

At 2pm, local author Robert Ashton will talk about his latest book, Any Spare Change?, which documents his quest to understand the issue of homelessness and how the public can help.

St Martins’ The Knitted House will also be returning to the Cathedral from February 6 to 24, after making a big impact when it was first built in the Cathedral last October to coincide with World Homelessness Day. A visual representation of homelessness, The Knitted House consists of 4,677 scarves, with each scarf representing a person who slept on the streets in the UK last year. One in eight of the scarves are black, indicating the number of people who died on the streets.

As part of the day of activities on Saturday 8 February, there will be a special act of worship around The Knitted House at 3.30pm.

On Sunday February 9, Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO of St Martins, will give the address at Norwich Cathedral’s 10.30am Sung Eucharist which will be followed by a community lunch.