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Independent review

Independent review

To help continue the excellent work done in the Shelter, the Trustees commissioned an independent review into the workings of the Shelter. The reviewer, Emma Neill, spoke to many people involved with the Shelter and was very positive in her findings. The full report is attached and includes a review of the GWNS experience; an examination of the needs in the local area; suggestions of how we can develop to continue to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness; and thoughts around how we remain true to our core values.

Annual report

Annual report

The 2019-20 Shelter – our sixth year – was a busy one, with hundreds of volunteers giving their time and energy to support dozens of guests. We opened our doors to homeless guests from November 2019 to March 2020 and … Read more...
Shelter update

Shelter update

The Trustees of the GWNS met last night and, following the most recent Government advice, made the difficult decision to close the shelter two weeks earlier than planned on the morning of Thursday 19th March. Please be reassured that GWNS … Read more...

Concert in aid of GWNS

Concert in aid of GWNS Concert in aid of GWNS Popular classics for cello, voice and piano performed by the Charlton Ensemble on Sunday 26th January at 7pm at St Thomas Church, Woodland Terrace, Charlton SE7 8EW Tickets £10 on the door or ring 07989 … Read more...

New Venue for GWNS 2019/20 season

New Venue for GWNS 2019/20 season The venue for Saturday nights for the 2019/20 season will be St Richard’s Church Centre, 2 Swallowfield Road, London SE7 7NR. It is near to local buses and Charlton station and will be a comfortable and welcoming venue. Saturday nights … Read more...
2018-2019 Outcomes

2018-2019 Outcomes

Brackets reflect 2017-2018 numbers We received 94 referrals last year. The shortest stay was 1 night, the longest was 65 nights. In total GWNS provided 1298 bed nights and at the close of the Shelter more than half of our … Read more...
Training dates for the 2019/20 season

Training dates for the 2019/20 season

This year we are providing a new training programme, compulsory for new volunteers and highly recommended for returning volunteers. This training concentrates not only on the ‘ do’s and don’ts ‘ but also on how we approach and talk to … Read more...
13th October 2019 Homeless Sunday

13th October 2019 Homeless Sunday

Housing Justice encourages churches to take part in Homeless Sunday on 13thOctober 2019. GWNS works closely with Housing Justice, an organisation that traces its roots back to 1956. Housing Justice, the national Christian homelessness charity, is urging churches to … Read more...