Get involved

If you would like to donate/support us….

Fundraising ideas

As a small charity we rely heavily on the generous giving and support of individuals for the operation of the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter. There are many ways you can support our work:

  • One off financial donations click here*
    Regular monthly giving*
    –  If you pledge to give £10 a month you are providing two bed nights for one person
    –  If you pledge to give £20 a month you are providing one hot evening meal for 10 guests
  • Organising events:
    – Why not organise an event – cake sales, auction of promises, raffle, come dine with me, fete… click here for our A-Z of ideas for fundraisers (PDF download)
    – Or undertake a sponsored event – London Marathon, sleepout, a run, a personal challenge, non-uniform day, hike in the Himalayas
  • Make GWNS the charity to benefit for a significant event, eg birthday, wedding, funeral.

* Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

Items to Donate

If you have donations of bedding or clothing you would like to give to help homeless people, we suggest you give them to our partner organisations The 999 Club or Emmaus Greenwich who are able to accept and use them in a way that GWNS cannot because of our lack of storage. They will be greatly appreciated!

Volunteer for us:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with GWNS. We have no need for any more volunteers this season. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit this page again late summer or early autumn prior to the 2020/21 season.

Can you give a few hours each week – and make a real difference?

Volunteers are help with evening, overnight and breakfast shifts. People usually volunteer at the same venue weekly, and full training is provided.

We welcome applications from adults, usually over 18, who are members of local churches and/or in sympathy with the aims, values and ethos of the GWNS.

We are committed to a Safer Recruitment process which for new volunteers is as follows:

  • Completed online application received
  • Two references satisfactorily taken up
  • Training completed
  • Meeting with appropriate Venue Coordinator or shift leader
  • Decision made about suitability for volunteer role with GWNS
  • Start volunteering
  • Review of volunteer role after first month of volunteering

If you are a returning volunteer the process is as follows:

  • Completed online application received
  • References will only be taken up at the discretion of the Trustees
  • Attend appropriate venue volunteer preparation evening
  • Attend new volunteer training as a refresher if desired
  • Resume volunteering

More information and training for Volunteers

We want our volunteers to be well prepared for the role so please think about what else you can do to prepare yourself for volunteering this winter.

All new volunteers must sign up for training. All volunteers must read the volunteer handbook here.

We aim to have at least one First-Aid trained volunteer on each shift. For details, and to sign up for a 2hr free training session provided by the British Red Cross click here.

All volunteers who will be cooking or handling food need to have their Food Hygiene Level 2 Qualification which can be completed online here.

You can also sign up for free online safeguarding training here AND/OR free online rough sleeper mental health awareness training here.

If you would like further details or to discuss this please contact the Project Manager here.

‘Honestly 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