Leicester Winter Night Shelter is a multi-faith night shelter that rotates around 7 venues in the city. Open from 12 December 2016 to 27 February 2017. The shelter provides emergency accommodation and food to homeless people in Leicester during the coldest months of the year. The central coordination and finances are managed by One Roof Leicester, an independent registered charity with the aim of empowering local communities to support homeless people to build new lives.
We're also supported by Housing Justice, who run the national quality mark for winter shelters.
During the winter of 2015/16 the emergency provision was run in partnership with Leicester City Council and Y Support. In total, 82 guests were offered accommodation across all providers, ORL accommodated 38 of them (46%).
Due to the sharp rise in rough sleeping ORL are working with faith groups across Leicester to pilot a night shelter that rotates around seven places of worship, with volunteers offering food and companionship for 10 rough sleepers.
We aim to provide emergency accommodation and food to homeless people in Leicester; offering hospitality without discrimination.
- We aim to provide a safe space; to rest, to reflect, to listen.
- We aim to take their lead; in terms of their own felt physical, social and spiritual needs.
- We aim to offer support in signposting which is personalised.
Leicester Winter Night Shelter is run by volunteers at venues around Leicester. Volunteers are mostly local but are of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.
We need new volunteers to help make the shelter a success. Our volunteers, working in three shifts, provide evening meals and friendship, night time supervision and breakfast.