For the last 10 years the WNSMK has been providing supervised overnight accommodation and meals to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping in Milton Keynes during the coldest months of the year. We work in partnership with many churches and community centres across the city who provide their facilities as an overnight venue. We also provide year-round welfare and support services from our centre, Unity Park Station.
Last winter, due to Covid-19, we were unable to run our accommodation in the usual way but supported the government’s ‘Everyone In’ policy by focusing on the provision of welfare support and food provision.
Our Welfare Team enable our guests to recover lost ID, access benefits, access drug and alcohol support services, to obtain housing advice, move on to longer-term accommodation and to ﬁnd work.
People arrive at the Winter Night Shelter for many reasons. They can be old or young, men and women. Some are long-term homeless, others have just reached a point of crisis and don’t know where to turn. They may have deteriorating domestic issues; they may have lost jobs and no longer be able to pay for accommodation. Illness, disability, mental health struggles, language barriers and lost or stolen identity documents can all play a part in someone ending up on the street. We help all those in need who come to us for help.
“Without a supportive network of family or friends this could happen to any of us”
Reception café and base for daytime support services:
Unity Park Station (formerly The Old Bus Station), 401 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LR.
The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TH.
Charity Reference No. 1149480
Registered Company No. 08232340