About us

Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (GWNS) is a local charity which provides warmth, emergency accommodation and support for the homeless in Greenwich during the winter months. The charity was first established in 2012 by a group of churches as a practical response to the increasing challenge of homelessness and, until now, has operated a rotating-venue night shelter for 15 homeless people in the borough. This year, we are at an exciting stage of our development as we move away from the rotating model to set up a static shelter with single room accommodation.

The new building is located in Eltham on Middle Park Avenue. It’s a great space that will mean we can offer individual rooms to our guests and look to develop our year round support. There will be 9 single rooms, including a women’s only wing with separate bathroom facilities and we will also be launching a day centre from the venue. To keep up to date on renovation progress and volunteering opportunities follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

People can be referred into us through our partnered referral agencies. We are a low needs shelter, open from 7pm-8am every night during the winter months. We provide a healthy and hearty evening meal, a bed for the night, breakfast in the morning and a takeaway sandwich lunch or snacks. We have over 300 volunteers who facilitate the shelter, chat and mix with guests and ensure a friendly, peaceful and homely atmosphere. 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

Safeguarding

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 (07722 318852) or our Development Manager, Katy Ridsdill-Smith ">here (07562 689456)

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

Our Safeguarding policy can be found here.

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

Helplines

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