Hackney Winter Night Shelter

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Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) provides shelter for homeless people in Hackney during the winter – and year round support to help guests find housing.

The shelter opened on Monday 3 November 2014 and runs to 1 April 2015.

To support the work of the Shelter or to donate to our registered charity Hackney Doorways, please go to our volunteer pages or donate via text – details above.

For latest information, go to our NEWS page.

 Belter for the Shelter 2 a roaring success

Daniel Kitson draws the raffle

Some of Britain’s best known comedians took to the stage at The Hackney Empire in aid of Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) on Thursday 30 October 2014.

Daniel Kitson, hailed as one of the funniest, most intelligent and perceptive comics ever to pick up a mic, hosted the sell-out show. The event raised almost £23,000, with £3700 alone raised from the raffle and generous donations on the night.

The bill on the greatly anticipated evening featured Nish Kumar, Felicity Ward, Ava Vidal and veteran comics Sean Hughes and Stewart Lee. Read more.

Winter night shelter season 2014/15 begins

The shelter reopens on 3 November 2014 and our link workers are taking referrals for guests. Referrals can only be taken via our specified referral agencies. For more information on how to access the shelter please email: link@hwns.org.uk

Our dates are as follows:

Autumn Shelter opens     Monday 3rd November
Last Autumn night            Monday 22nd December

For a week over Christmas, all of our guests go to ‘Crisis at Christmas’.

Winter Shelter opens       Tuesday 30th December
Last Winter night               Wednesday 1st April 2015

If you are not one of our referral partners and but would like to refer a homeless person, please get in touch with Street Link. They regularly refer people to us, where appropriate, or will help them to access other services. You can phone them on 0300 500 0914 or refer someone via the Street Link website.

Find out about our achievements from the Hackney Winter Night Shelter 2013/2014 season. Download the one-page PDF.

What’s the shelter all about?

Filmed in 2012/13 this video gives you an idea of what a typical evening is like in one shelter.
Directed by Siddharth Khajuria
Music by Tom Rosenthal

Click here to view a the film in a larger window on Vimeo.




Office address (for correspondence only, do not call):
Unit 13 Springfield House
5 Tyssen St
E8 2LY

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