Coventry Winter Night Shelter
The shelter is now closed for the 2019-20 season. The shelter will not run in 2020-21 due to COVID-19.
Quality Mark award granted by Housing Justice
During 2019/20, we worked very hard to ensure we offered outstanding support to our guests, whether at the shelters or outside. As part of our commitment to improvement, we had an external evaluation by Housing Justice, with a visit to the project and an examination of all policies.
We are proud that we were awarded a Quality Mark – Excellent by Housing Justice, thanks to the volunteers, coordinators, staff and venues.
COVID-19 has impacted all projects in ways no-one could have foreseen.
HOPE Coventry has been in conversations with Coventry City Council about the feasibility and risks of opening a communal night shelter in winter 20/21. Since this disease is highly infectious, the project is not able to safely open for guests or volunteers. The Council has committed to provide alternative accommodation to people facing sleeping rough for the foreseeable future.
The Trustees of HOPE Coventry therefore have decided that Coventry Winter Night Shelter will not open for the 20/21 season. A decision about the project in future years will be made in due course.
You can read the Statement in full here: WNS 2020-21 letter.
Winter 2019/20 update
The Winter Night Shelter in Coventry ran for a 7th year, seeing 21 people move on into better accommodation, from our hosting of 43 people across 8 churches with help from over 320 volunteers. These volunteers worked so hard to help others feel safe in our shelter and build self-confidence amongst guests.
We thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Night Shelter, from volunteers in the shelters to volunteers helping to sort donations, driving the minibus, donating food, clothes, toiletries, money, as well as those who prayed for us. We also thank the other services in Coventry that have assisted us.
Coventry Winter Night Shelter has been a life-changing project helping people living on the streets to cope during the winter nights off the streets. Homelessness is an acute problem in the city of Coventry and across the country. In 2013, our project was launched to be part of the solution. Run by Coventry Churches around the city, it has provided rough sleepers with support, a hot meal, a safe and warm bed for the night and breakfast to tackle a new day.
We invite to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with project developments and resources that explain the challenges faced by homeless people. You can also subscribe to the HOPE Coventry Newsletter which is sent every fortnight.
We are constantly considering new ways of churches supporting people experiencing homelessness in our city. If you would like to get in contact with us regarding this, please email the Chief Operations Officer: email@example.com.