Two people making beds at a church winter night shelter

Shelter success

Church Homeless Trust is pleased to be supporting churches who have opened winter night shelters.

For the first time this year, Church Homeless Trust expanded its funding to the guests of winter night shelters set up by churches. These shelters areset up by churches in response to the growing number of rough sleepers who have nowhere else to go during the coldest months of the year.

Last year the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that there were 440 deaths on the streets, and estimate that there are more that went uncounted. Church shelters save lives by giving homeless people access to a safe bed, hot food, and washing facilities. Many also offer activities in the evenings, plus advice and support such as help with finding a home, or getting a job.

We have already had wonderful feedback from the shelters about the impact of funding:

“We are starting to make good use of the funding… Our guests are also very grateful”

Peterborough Night Light Winter Shelter

“We are really starting to see some movement with our guests which is good. Some volunteering, a couple on training, and three hopefully moving on to accommodation in the next couple of weeks.”

Thanet Winter Shelter, Kent

“We are very grateful for the financial support that has been provided to several of our guests already. It has been used towards their move on purchases, which has made a huge difference to making their new accommodation into a home.”

C4WS Homeless Project, London

Photo thanks to C4WS Homeless Project, London