We are the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter
– a practical response to homelessness.
We are a volunteer-led charity that relies heavily on the generous time given by each of our volunteers.
Supporting the homeless,
challenging homelessness.
‘It’s the highlight of my week, the team I am with are lovely and there is such a sense of being of real practical help.’ – volunteer
We have over 300 volunteers who facilitate the shelter, chat and mix with guests and ensure a friendly, peaceful and homely atmosphere.

One Shelter | Seven Venues

Supporting the homeless, challenging homelessness

Every winter, thousands of people in the UK end up with no home.

It’s a national problem and sometimes it feels like there is nothing we can do. But there is.

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (GWNS) is a Christian charity in the Royal Borough of Greenwich which provides dinner, safe overnight accommodation and breakfast to homeless people over the winter months from mid-November to end March.  GWNS started in 2015 and is staffed entirely by volunteers apart from our project manager and case manager. It has established itself as a reliable and trusted service to both referral agencies and guests.

For homeless people, a winter night shelter can be as little as a safe place to sleep out of the rain or as much as a step forward to self-sufficiency.


Greenwich Winter Night Shelter takes safeguarding very seriously. If you have any concerns about anyone’s safety, please find out what to do by reading about our safeguarding procedures on our about us page.

Useful links


Royal Borough of Greenwich homelessness page
Manna Society
999 club

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