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Conversations 'have begun' for permanent emergency shelter

Government responds to Graih's closure

Efforts are ongoing to secure emergency shelter for those without suitable accommodation on the Isle of Man.

Government says it's working with the third sector to find provision following the announcement that Graih is going to cease operations at the end of the month.

The closure follows a review of the charity’s services, which include a drop-in centre and emergency shelter.

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Broadway Baptist Church is going to take over responsibility for the drop-in centre but that will only be available from mid-morning to 2.30pm.

Government says work is underway to find another provider for the night shelter, on an interim basis, adding that conversations have begun which look at commissioning a permanent service to start in the new year.

Thanking the charity’s board members, staff and volunteers for their service and dedication, government says Graih has been instrumental in the creation and provision of a space for those in society without, or in unsuitable or unstable, accommodation.

It goes on to say that the drop-in service and night shelter have established a safe environment for vulnerable members of our community to receive support, assistance and advice to address wider issues relating to housing, work and mental health.

Government says it has worked closely with Graih providing support and funding and this will continue for the charity and their service users as it winds down.

In conclusion it adds it’s committed to ensuring every Island resident has a safe and secure home and it believes the work of the Island’s “invaluable” third sector is vital to reaching this goal.

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