Hi everyone! Welcome to the first in what will be a regular series of newsletters to keep you updated on Greenwich Winter Night Shelter. It’s been an extraordinary and challenging year for everyone, but we are looking forward to reopening this winter season.
Our plans for this year
The pandemic has meant that we are no longer able to run the ‘one shelter, seven venues’ model. Therefore, we are currently working closely with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and local churches to find a building where we can set up a static shelter with individual rooms for guests.
Following the success of the day centre pilot in 2019/2020, we are also looking to develop our casework and advice function to support people’s transition into more permanent accommodation. We’re very hopeful that this model will provide more consistency, support and stability for our guests and are looking forward to opening our doors (wherever they may be!) once again.
Introducing our new Development Manager
We’re really pleased to announce that Katy Ridsdill-Smith, who some of you may know from her time as Venue Coordinator at OneSpace, joined GWNS last month as Development Manager and will be running the shelter with the support of our trustees.
How can you get involved?
Once we have secured a building, we will be in touch with information about volunteering, training and more ways for you to get involved – keep an eye on your emails and our social media pages for updates!
In the meantime…
- We are looking for a Social Media Volunteer to develop, promote and maintain our online presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you have experience using social media as a promotional tool and are keen to support the work of GWNS do get in touch by emailing or call 07562 689456 for more information. The role will be fun, flexible and would be around 2 hours per week.
- If you know of any potential buildings that we could use for our night shelter, do let us know at
- We rely heavily on donations and are so grateful for the support we receive. If you would like to make a one off or regular donation to GWNS you can do so via the ‘donate’ button on our homepage
- And finally, follow us and spread the word! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter where we will be posting regular updates and information
Thank you for all the support you have shown GWNS; we are lucky to have such dedicated volunteers and supporters and are very much looking forward to seeing many of you again!