Host our night shelter


Does your church have a hall that could provide a safe and friendly overnight home for some of South London’s homeless people?




If you are able to offer a warm and dry space for one night a week during the winter, this could be a truly rewarding experience. We often hear that taking part in Robes can really bring a congregation together, or help a church create more of a presence in the wider community. We couldn’t do what we do without help from churches like yours.  Working together, we can help turn lives around.



Join our team of partner churches

Our partner churches are providing night shelters at two venues every night from November to April. We give thirty five people a warm bed each night of the winter.

Over the last two years around thirty churches – of all denominations – have put their faith into action by hosting our shelter, and we are looking for more. You can see the full list of our recent hosts below:

Ace of Clubs

All Saints, Clapham Park

Bermondsey Central Hall

Chatsworth Baptist

Christ Church & St. John, Clapham

Christ Church, Southwark

Copleston Centre

Finnish Church, Rotherhithe

Holy Spirit, Clapham

Holy Trinity, Clapham

Lambeth Mission

Mostyn Road Methodist Church

Norwegian Church

Salvation Army, Elephant & Castle

St George the Martyr

St John the Devine, Kennington

St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich

St John's, Waterloo

St Lukes, Peckham

St Lukes, West Norwood

St Marks Kennington, Montgomery Hall

St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey

St Matthew's at the Elephant

St Michael's, Stockwell

St Paul's, Clapham

St Peter's, Vauxhall

St Peter's, Walworth

St Philip's, Camberwell

St. Matthew's, Brixton

The Well Community Church, Camberwell



“Once it became known what we were doing we had offers of help from across the community. Many of our volunteers were not members of the church and it was wonderful to be able to build these links.

— Reverend David Vyvyan


How you can help

We will support you in running your space as a shelter on your night of the week. Your volunteers and guests will come together at dinner time, breaking bread and sharing cheer, as a family for the evening.

Members of your church will be able to participate as: 

  • Your team leader, who will be your key contact with us

  • A leader for each shift, who will help keep your shelter running smoothly

  • Shelter volunteers, who will help out in the morning and evening

  • And, if needed, we usually have extra volunteers on hand



The practicalities

Hosting homeless people brings both challenges and rewards. 
We will provide lots of training and support to help you;

  • Open your doors for one night a week

  • From at least 7pm-8am

  • Cook and serve dinner and breakfast to your guests
    (we may be able to provide some ingredients and funding if needed)

  • Generally for 8 of the winter weeks

  • Store our bedding during those weeks 

What do you think?  If you’re keen to help but there’s something you’re feeling a bit daunted by, we can normally find a solution, so do get in touch.