Bristol night shelter for homeless women opens

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A night shelter for homeless women has been opened in Bristol after a six-month pilot project showed there was a need for the service.

The centre will be open seven nights a week and is based in New Street.

It is run by the Novas Scarman charity and is the only shelter available specifically for women in the city.

A financial donation has made it possible to set up the centre along with donations of food, clothing and time from local people.

Researchers from the University of Bristol reviewed provision for a women's night service as part of the six-month pilot.

Their report concluded that a permanent night shelter should be available for women.

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