For over 25 years we have offered beds to people experiencing homelessness in Hackney.

What started as a network of volunteers from local residents and churches has developed into an effective route out of homelessness for many it supports.  

Hackney Winter Night Shelter began over 20 years ago when a group of Hackney residents and members of church congregations, some of whom had personal experience of homelessness, were thinking about how they could help the people they saw sleeping on the streets around Hackney. They decided that if each church opened its doors and took responsibility for running a shelter for one night a week, some of those people could be helped, during the coldest months of the year.

Hackney Night Shelter relies on grants, donations and fundraising from our partners and supporters to deliver the service to our guests.

Our Values

As an organisation that is reliant upon the support of a large number of volunteers,  we value the contributions and experience of people from all walks of life.  Our values guide our work and our approach.


We offer more than just a meal and a bed. We provide holistic support to help guests rebuild their lives.


We welcome guests and volunteers from any and all backgrounds.


We can only do all of our work with the generous support of the people from Hackney and our partners.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter is a Hackney Doorways project. Registered Charity number 1139183 Company number 07064774
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