The 365 Shelter – a night shelter for people sleeping rough in Bristol, open 365 days a year.

 

The 365 Shelter offers a safe alternative to a night on the streets to up to fifteen people known to have been sleeping rough, all seven nights of the week. It works in a “pop-up” style – it is a not a permanent shelter, but is something that operates only overnight in a building that has many other uses during the day. Guests at the shelter are referred to us by the St. Mungo’s Outreach Team following an initial needs assessment; where guests are found to have low support needs that can be met by a volunteer team, we’re an appropriate shelter for referral.

 

Every night, two of our amazing volunteers open the shelter at 22:00, provide hot drinks and a welcoming environment to guests, then remain on site through until morning. By 08:00, the shift is over and the building is returned to normal – until that evening, when we do it all again. While this goes on, partner organisations in Bristol’s homelessness sector are evaluating longer-term housing and support options for the guests who come through our doors – using our shelter is a first step towards securing longer-term accommodation.

 

Joining the team is a two-step process; complete a short online registration, then join us at a new volunteer induction. We ask volunteers joining the team to consider a guideline commitment of one night per month – we can be flexible, of course, but we find that once a month keeps the routines of the shelter fresh in the memory and allows us to plan confidently for the ongoing operation of the shelter. Our inspirational volunteer team includes students, mid-career professionals and retired couples from a range of backgrounds, all of whom share a simple commitment to offering more than a night on the street to people sleeping rough in Bristol.

 

 

Want to find out more? If you’d like more information about the 365 Shelter, call us on 0117 924 4444 and speak to Alex, or email alex.wallace@caringinbristol.org.uk and we’ll be in touch.