|The Chocolate Run|
Harlow Chocolate Run, incorporating Harlow Christmas Haven
Charity no: 1026452
We provide a shelter for the homeless every Christmas, for 10 days from 23rd December to 1st January. We provide simple accommodation, food, clothing and toiletries. We also aim to provide a warm and friendly welcome.
The building we use is the Playbarn at the Great Parndon Community Association, and the food is kindly provided by our sponsors.
We rely on many volunteers giving up their time over Christmas to make the Haven happen. We run five shifts a day, and aim to have 4 or 5 volunteers on each shift. You’re welcome to do as many, or as few, as you want.
Sunday Evening Drop-In Centre
The Chocolate Run started a new venture in June. We run a weekly drop-in centre for the homeless in Harlow, which provides hot drinks and snacks, and also a warm welcome and friendliness. We have up to 20 guests at a session.
The centre uses the Playbarn at the Great Parndon Community Association, where the winter night shelter is held. It is open every Sunday, from 6pm to 8pm.
We have 10 teams, each with a team leader and around 4 volunteers, who work together regularly. This means each team does a shift every 10 weeks. We also welcome volunteers who can help out occasionally, perhaps at short notice.