About us

Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (GWNS) is a local charity which provides warmth, emergency accommodation and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness in Greenwich. GWNS was founded in 2014 by a group of local churches who came together to offer their venues as places of refuge to an increasing number of homeless people in Greenwich. For 6 years, we operated the rotating winter night shetler model until the pandemic paused all operations. We used this an opportunity to renovate and refurbish a building and relaunched from our new venue in January 2022.

We offer a number of services through our Winter Night Shelter and day centre to work towards breaking the cycle of homelessness. Our night shelter runs between October and March and our Day Centre is a year-round service. GWNS is reliant on the support and dedication of over 200 volunteers and works closely with local organisations and charities, head to get involved to find out how you can volunteer with us!

Our mission

We provide a safe, warm and judgement free environment for people experiencing homelessness to recharge and be supported into more sustainable housing. We believe that everyone has a right to a roof over their head and will advocate on behalf of our guests to work towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Our values

Hospitality – offering a safe and respectful space, meeting our guests’ practical needs, and giving them dignity

Inclusiveness – welcoming guests and volunteers from any background; we are rooted in the community

Christianity in action – a practical expression of our faith


Promoting a safer shelter

The care and protection of vulnerable adults involved in the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others please seek advice from our safeguarding officer, Marianne Gass, email ">here or our Shelter Director, Katy Ridsdill-Smith ">here.

If there is immediate risk of danger call the police on 999.

Click here to read our Safeguarding Policy.

Our Safeguarding Commitment

  • Promoting a safer environment
  • Safely recruiting and supporting our volunteers.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk


  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Family Lives 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247