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Night shelters

Night shelters are a type of very temporary accommodation for people experiencing homelessness and who would otherwise be rough sleeping. Quite often they are set up during winter to provide people with safety and protection from severe weather. Sometimes night shelters will be opened in purpose-designed buildings or from our corps buildings. Quite often we will work with other churches in the local area and rotate opening doors.

Night shelters meet people’s basic needs of getting out of the cold, a warm bed and a safe place to sleep. Some offer a shower and a hot meal. Salvation Army night shelters also offer support to help people to secure employment and housing as well as access to training and support. Some night shelters also offer specialist input for mental health issues and problematic drug and alcohol use issues.

Most of our services operate on a referral basis, which is to help ensure that we support the people that need it most. If you are homeless, at risk of homelessness or concerned about someone who is, the best place to contact is usually your local council. If you live in an area with two councils – it is the council that you pay your council tax to who will be able to help you. You can contact our services direct, but they may ask you to contact the council first.