I am homeless
Being homeless is tough. We’re here to help.
If you are a homeless man or a woman over the age of 18 years in South London, and you would like to stay in our night shelter during the months November to April, your first step is to see an advice worker at one of the organisations below.
They will ask you a few questions about your current situation. If both you and the advisor think it’s a good idea, they will apply for a place for you in in our winter shelter. Sometimes, instead of referring you to us they will recommend other options or services that are more suited to your needs.
If you get a place with us, we will be able to provide you with a warm bed, two meals a day and with support and advice to help you rebuild your life.
Please note that you cannot apply to us directly. It is very unlikely that we can offer you a place on the same day.
What to do if you are sleeping rough?
If you are sleeping rough tonight you can contact Street Link by phone (0300 500 0914) or online. They will arrange for the local outreach team to come and visit you. They will also give you advice and support, and may be able to get you into temporary accommodation.
Streetlink can ONLY help you if you are sleeping rough tonight.
The following centres will be able to refer you to the Robes Night Shelter. They also offer a range of day services and free or cheap food. You can find out more on their websites.
Day centres can be busy places with lots of things going on. When you arrive, always make it clear to a staff member or volunteer that you would like to see an advice worker!
- The entrance is at 12 Melior St, London SE1 3QP
- Open 7 days a week from 8:30am until 1:30pm.
- Advice workers are around every day. To get seen, arrive early in the morning, as it’s first come first served.
- St Alphonsus Road, Clapham, SW4 7AS
- Open Monday to Friday 12pm until 3pm (Tuesdays women only)
- 8 Tooting Bec Gardens, St Leonard’s Church Hall, SW16 1RB
- Open Monday to Friday. See their website for opening times.
- 6-8 Webber Street, Waterloo, SE1 8QA
- Open Monday to Thursday & Saturday 9 am to 12 pm
- Friday 9am to 12pm (advice & info drop in)
- Open Tuesdays at Copleston Centre, Copleston Road, Peckham SE15 4AN, 12:30pm – 5:00pm.
- Open Wednesdays at Peckham Park Road Baptist Church, 121 Peckham Park Road SE15 6SX, 11am – 2.45pm
- Open Thursdays at Crossway Christian Centre, 18 Hampton Street, SE1 5SN, 12.30pm – 5.00pm (Now closed, more info soon)
These services can also refer you to us, if you are already engaging with them:
- The Southwark SPOT Street Outreach Team and Lambeth Safer Streets Outreach Team
- Crisis Skylight, London
- Crisis Skylight, Croydon
- START Team
- Peckham JCP
Other sources of help
If you would like to look at other options or you are based outside South London, the following resources might help:
- Pavement magazine gives info about a range of day centres, soup kitchens, advice services and night shelters across London and England
- The Shelter helpline gives over the phone advice if you are homeless or risk losing your home
- Your local council may also be able to help you, but often you need to meet specific criteria to be eligible. You can find out more from your local authority
Christmas case study
“On the night of 23rd December, I found myself entering a college in Westminster assured this was indeed the right place, Crisis at Christmas.
I was magically transported to a disused warehouse in East London, where we stayed for a week. It was seeing the workers at Crisis that I first heard about the Robes Project.
After meeting with Crispin and Olivia, Crispin phoned me and gave me the instruction I had hoped would come for some days, and later at about seven-thirty, I found myself at the sleeping location for that night. A church in Clapham.
That first night was a delight for me. Apart from my time in Gosport, about four weeks, the rest of the winter had been spent on the streets. It was an immense relief to finally find that I could sleep in a comfortable place.
But aside from the comfort and the delicious food, there was another aspect that became very important for me in the coming weeks. It was the security I felt knowing that there was a locked door between me and the outside world.”
Image credit: Alexandra Coyle
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