Our Night Shelter is open from the beginning of January until the end of March. Then again from April to June. It provides shelter to those in acute need. It is the only 7-night a week night shelter in Lewisham.
Each night guests get a bed, hot dinner and light breakfast. Our guests stay with us for as long as it takes our team to begin to find solutions to the problems that brought them to us. Our guests are referred to us by partner organisations and have a local connection in south-east London, are in receipt of benefits or eligible to claim them, and/or are verified rough sleepers.
The hot meal in the evening is generously provided by a group of supporters from St Alfege church in Greenwich, who cook and supply all the meals.
What to do if you know someone who is sleeping rough
If you know someone who is sleeping rough you can alert them to London Street Rescue via StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914. This is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.
Make a donation to support our shelter
Each bed we provide costs £15 per person per night, and we need goods such as toiletries, towels and tea to run our Night Shelter. Please support our work by making a financial donation.
Why Richard called us to say “Thank you”
During the 2014/15 night shelter season we received a telephone call from Richard. He asked after a former night shelter worker whom he wanted to thank. He went on to say he had been a guest several years ago and was grateful for our support. Not only had we saved his life by giving him an alternative to sleeping rough in freezing conditions – but we had also helped him on the path to a fulfilling life. He let us know that he was now living in Newcastle, with a young daughter, was engaged to be married and was totally clean of his addictions.
Our 2015/16 night shelter was open for 97 nights:
We gave 66 people dinner, bed and breakfast
We helped 34 people find more permanent accommodation
We helped 3 people enter employment
We helped 3 people enter pre-detox support programmes