The Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter is provided by several Eastbourne churches cooperating together and offers supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the extreme winter months (December – February inclusive), on the streets of Eastbourne.
All guests wishing to access the WNS for the first time are required to come through our Registration Process. Potential guests can be referred to us via many different agencies including Fatfleshed Ministries, Matthew 25 Mission, the Salvation Army, Foodbank and others.
To access the WNS guests are invited to attend a short interview with the WNS referral team, Monday – Friday, 1pm – 3pm at Christ Church, Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NN. Specific interview times can be arranged by the referring agencies during these times on behalf of guests, or directly by guests, by calling the WNS telephone: 07932 407730.
For more details, including information for weekends, see the section on our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
What kind of shelter?
We aim to provide a warm, safe and friendly environment between the hours of 7.00pm (doors open) and 8.00am (guests depart) This encompasses mealtimes at evening and breakfast and a period of interacting with the guests during the evening. We engage in a variety of activities, including games, DVDs, quizzes, singing and discussions. You may have a suggestion/idea to offer here… That’s the basic idea.
View the other pages from the menu to find out how you and your church can be a part of this ministry of compassion.