The Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes is now a year-round charity helping many different people at their point of crisis.
- rough sleepers;
- sofa surfers;
- people in emergency accommodation or temporary housing;
- those who need support with their tenancies;
- anyone at risk of homelessness; and
- others who are vulnerable.
Summer 2021 Appeal for People in Crisis
We would usually be in a quiet ‘off-peak’ season over the summer but instead, due to unprecedented need, we are currently operating at full capacity from our day centre Unity Park Station (the old bus station), with more than 100 people a week needing our help. We are providing welfare consultations, meals and practical help to homeless and vulnerable people, which we have never had to do before at this scale in the summer months. We have retained staff and volunteers to keep things running in response to the need we are seeing.
Unfortunately this increase in need comes off the back of a year when our community fundraising has been decimated and we ask you to donate at this time if you are in a position to do so. We do not want to have to scale back or turn anyone away who needs our help. THANK YOU for your support.
Homeless and vulnerable people helped this Spring/Summer
Last Winter: 1 September 2020–31 March 2021
Homeless and vulnerable people helped
supported with their mental health
assisted with pre-settled status claims
successfully assisted to find employment
helped into longer-term accommodation
We meet with people to assess their needs and put a personal support package in place to help them get to a place of stability and move forwards in life. We provide:
- assessments and support from a dedicated welfare team
- practical provision including food, clothing, sleeping bags, access to showers and laundry facilities
- administrative support to access ID, eligible benefits and entitlements
- help to find longer-term accommodation and employment pathways
- well-being and mental health support including referrals to professional services such as medical and dental care, addiction counsellors and support groups
- a Community Club that provides a free café and supportive social space to find connection and combat isolation
- emergency winter accommodation from November–March (subject to government Covid restrictions).
We deliver our services thanks to an army of local volunteers who make it possible. We also work in partnership with the local authority, with local churches who provide their facilities as an overnight venue in winter, and partners in the sector to coordinate services and deliver the best outcomes for the individuals we help.
All kinds of people arrive at the Winter Night Shelter for all kinds of reasons. 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”
“There’s a lot of people who are prepared to kick you when you’re down … at the shelter I’ve found people who care, who want to help. I don’t think I would still be here without it.”
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