About us

Find out more about what we do at GWNS

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.

GWNS offers single room emergency accommodation for 13 people from October – March in our Winter Night Shelter. We also run a year-round Day Centre for anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. Both projects are supported by our team of over 200 volunteers.


Services we offer

We offer a number of services through our Winter Night Shelter and day centre to work towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Day Centre

A year-round drop in service for anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Night Shelter

Emergency accommodation for people experiencing homelessness between October - March

Support and Advocacy

Housing, Welfare Rights and Employment advice to help people get back on track

Our values





Our Mission

Inspired by Christian faith, we offer shelter, support and advocacy for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a welcoming, inclusive and safe space. We aim to help our guests find their voice, dignity and hope to empower them to break out of the cycle of homelessness.

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Promoting a safer shelter

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

We are committed to providing a safe and supportive service.
If you have any concerns please seek advice from:

Please seek advice from:
Safeguarding officer, Caroline Risdon:  

Click here to read our Safeguarding Policy.

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