Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) is a grass-roots project, run by an ecumenical coalition of 19 churches across Hackney. A team of 500 volunteers offer a warm welcome, hot supper, bed and breakfast to 25 homeless guests from 1 January to 31 March each year.
HWNS started 15 years ago as local churches response to the number of rough sleepers on the streets.
Clapton Church became involved with HWNS in January 2009 by host the guest each Sunday night and additionally supporting Downs Baptist Church on Saturdays.
Accommodation is provided for 10 guest each night with up to 50 volunteers offered their time to pray, set-up, interact, sleep on site, provide breakfast, pack lunch, laundry and shopping.
We are currently in the process of planning and recruiting volunteers for the coming winter