The Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter was established to provide emergency beds for the street homeless throughout each December, January and February. In addition to shelter and a bed for the night, the aim was to provide a safe and warm environment with hot food and a friendly welcome in a place where they would be treated them with care and respect. Watch our video here.
What we offer
Covid changed the way we have been able to work for the past two seasons. Kingdom Way Trust and the Eastbourne churches, on the advice of authorities and health professionals, are not able to offer the dormitory-style winter night shelter accommodation as they had done for the previous nine years. Volunteers and staff continue to support rough sleepers who have been provided temporary accommodation through the Rough Sleeping Initiative.
Anyone rough sleeping should contact the council to seek accommodation by calling the Housing Needs Team (01323 410000) during office hours; and the Out of Hours number (01323 644422) after 5.00pm or over the weekend.
Alternatively if you are concerned about someone in the position of being homeless you should make a referral to Streetlink via https://www.streetlink.org.uk/ or by calling 0300 500 0914.
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During the winter the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) will also operate. These are special measures to house verified rough sleepers when the wind chill temperature drops below 0 degrees. Partner agencies are notified when SWEP is activated.
Please contact us if you have any questions about getting involved with supporting the homeless community in Eastbourne.
Project Manager: Roland Brown (for all general enquiries) firstname.lastname@example.org