Winter Night Shelter

With outside temperatures averaging 3ºC and increasing rainfall, street living in winter is dangerous and can lead to many deaths.

Our shelter is open every Wednesday night/Thursday morning between January and March for up to 16 people from the CARIS Islington circuit, who would otherwise be sleeping rough.

Guests are welcomed by our team of volunteers with a hot drink and a nutritious meal where guests and volunteers all eat together. Camp beds are made up for each night with freshly laundered sheets and blankets. Showers, clothing and laundry facilities are also on hand and in the morning we provide breakfast before our guests depart.

New for 2016, we are offering an afternoon provision for our shelter guests to help them rest, relax and access our laundry facilities. We want to build relationships with our guests to facilitate their recovery and will continue our partnership with the Pilion Trust to provide them with specialist support such as rehousing and navigating the myriad of benefits. The shelter is a platform where guests can engage with a range of other services to help them rebuild their lives. Over the period the shelter runs, most guests will stay for a period of 28 days although some need longer.

Over Winter 2014/5, we welcomed 88 guests and provided 187 beds over the period. With the help of 17 volunteers, we made approximately 450 breakfasts and dinners.

Above all we provide a welcoming place of warmth and comfort where guests can relax and get respite from the hardships of street life. For some access to books is important, while others prefer the camaraderie of conversation, a game of scrabble or to watch TV.

2,755 people were recorded as sleeping rough on the streets of London between 1 April and 30 June 2015: 11% up on the same period in 2014.

This project runs in partnership with CARIS Islington and six other churches in Islington.

Winter nights