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-19 has changed the way we work in the winter of 2020-21. Kingdom Way Trust and the Eastbourne churches are not offering the dormitory-style winter night shelter accommodation provided for the past nine years. But we are still helping the homeless.
Eastbourne Borough Council responded to the need to provide single room accommodation in the current situation by leasing three six-bed houses.These provide extra temporary accommodation for people verified as rough sleepers. These houses run very differently from the Winter Night Shelter. The Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) team are taking responsibility for assessing and placing residents and for managing the houses.
But the RSI team have asked the Winter Night Shelter team to continue to be involved and so its volunteers are providing hot meals and welfare support through visits to the houses each day.
Anyone finding themselves homeless or supporting someone who is should first make contact with Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914. As these referrals come through, the Council will make offers to all known/verified rough sleepers. Some of these will be winter provision; some will have other more suitable accommodation depending on their needs.
Rough sleepers in Eastbourne are also encouraged to call the Housing Needs Team on 01323 410000 during office hours for an assessment. After 5pm or at weekends, they should use the out of hours number, 01323 644422.
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.
Churches continue to provide volunteers to help provide meals and welfare support for residents. Hot meals are prepared by volunteers and provided for up to six people in each of the three houses every day.
If you would like to offer help, please contact Graham on the email below.
If you are a church leader or member of a local church that would be interested in participating in the Winter Night Shelter project please contact Roland on the email below.
Project Manager: Roland Brown (for all general enquiries) firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Coordinator: Graham Horsnell (for volunteer enquiries) email@example.com