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
Christ Church & St. John, Clapham
Christ Church, Southwark
Finnish Church, Rotherhithe
Holy Spirit, Clapham
Holy Trinity, Clapham
Mostyn Road Methodist 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
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.