Hackney Winter Night Shelter

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Hackney Winter Night Shelter provides a hot meal and a warm bed for homeless guests who would otherwise be out on the streets during the coldest winter months.

Our vision is for a route out of homeless for everyone in need in Hackney, so we offer this alongside professional and holistic support to help our guests rebuild their lives. We can only do this with your support. Please donate now, become a volunteer and read our latest news.

The shelter runs from November to the end of March.

What’s the shelter all about?

This timelapse video, filmed in 2014/15 by Paul Driver, gives a sense of what it’s like at the shelter.

We are recruiting!

We are looking for Maternity Cover for the Shelter Manager position at HWNS. You can download the job description and person specification here.
To apply please email a CV and cover letter to jobs@hwns.org.uk

Coordinate for us

The shelter simply couldn’t run without our wonderful volunteers. Especially our dedicated Coordinators, who work in teams to make sure each night at the shelter runs smoothly. We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join them as Shelter Coordinators.
For more information on what coordinating involves please have a look at our person specification and role description. To apply please complete our application form and email it to volunteer@hwns.org.uk. If you have any queries about applying or want some more information on what the role entails please get in touch with Bri, the shelter administrator, via volunteer@hwns.org.uk.

2016 Annual Report

To read more about what we do please see our Annual Report.

Thank you to all our wonderful Hackney Half runners and supporters!

On 30th April 2017, a team of 50 people ran the Hackney Half Marathon to raise funds for the Hackney Winter Night Shelter.  The 50 runners were among thousands who took the challenge to raise money for charity.  People of all ages and abilities completed a circuit of the borough that began and ended with a huge ‘fitness festival’ on the marshes.

Chair of the HWNS Trustees Andrew Hudson, said “We will use the money raised to strengthen what we do for homeless people in Hackney.”

If you would like to help a street homeless person, please get in touch with Street Link. They will help them to access other services. You can phone them on 0300 500 0914 or refer someone via the Street Link website.

Volunteer with us

Beds made up ready for shelter guests.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter ready for our guests. (Photo credit: Paul Driver)

The shelter will open on the 1st November 2017, if you would like to volunteer for one of our shelters in the Autumn 2017 please complete our volunteer form.
Please visit our volunteer page for more information or email volunteer@hwns.org.uk

Read all about us in our annual report.



Office address (for correspondence only, do not call):
Hackney Winter Night Shelter
Room 3, The Round Chapel Old School Rooms
2 Powerscroft Road
London E5 0PU

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