Winter Night Shelter (by referral only)

The night shelter has been running since 2015 and has supported over 200 homeless people in Peterborough. This Winter season the night shelter will be running for 20 weeks from 25 November until 13 April.  In order to use the Winter night shelter you will need to obtain a referral.

Referrals can be obtained from:

  • The Garden House, Wheel Yard, Peterborough, PE1 1YL
    Open 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm daily except Saturday

Once you receive a referral, you will be provided with a meeting point time and place and transported to the church being used that day, where you will receive a warm meal and bed. You will be transported back to Peterborough City Centre the next morning, where at 10am the Garden House will open and more support will be offered to get you off the streets.

Volunteers needed:

Fifteen different churches are involved in the winter night shelter this year and as always, we need help from volunteers to ensure the project runs smoothly and we can help as many guests as possible. Without the help of amazing volunteers the success of Peterborough Winter Night Shelter would not be possible. If you could volunteer and help us on any shifts (see below) then please click here to request an application form by 31 October. Training is provided and you will be able to choose shifts and days you can and can’t help with.

The Welcome Shift (6.15pm-7.15pm)
This is the shortest of the shifts and has just 2 volunteers. These volunteers welcome the guests off the street and give them a hot beverage and a smile. It is the meeting point for the project and the first impression of the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter that many guests will have. It is from this venue that the guests are taken to the church for the night.

The Evening Shift (6pm-10pm)
Volunteers on the evening shift make the beds for our guests and prepare the evening meal. The evening meal is enjoyed by the guests and the volunteers as everyone sits around the table together. There will often be 2 volunteers preparing the meal, while the other set the beds and chat with the guests, or play games.

The Night Shift (9.45pm-7am)
When volunteers arrive for the night shift the guests will often be in bed. The night shift volunteers are there in case guests need them during the night. This shift can work in different ways. Often the shift will be split so 2 volunteers are awake and 2 are asleep during the night, and then they swap so everyone gets some sleep.

The Morning Shift (6.30am-8.30am)
This is one of the busiest shifts within Peterborough Winter Night Shelter volunteers. These volunteers will prepare the breakfast for the guests, wake the guests and pack the beds up with the guests so the venue is ready for the church to use during the day. If the church is being used by Peterborough Winter Night Shelter for the week then beds may not need to be packed away.

Fifteen churches:

Fifteen churches are working together to host our homeless guests and warm meals and beds, with loads of love and support to help people get off the streets will be offered. Each church is taking it in turns to host a winter night shelter on different dates. Only one church per night is available and details of the church will be advised when obtaining a referral.

  • Salvation Army, 1203 Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough, PE1 2AU
  • Dogsthorpe Methodist Church, Birchtree Avenue, PE1 4HP
  • Park Road Baptist Church, Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2TF
  • Southside Methodist Church, 129 London Road, PE2 9DD
  • All Saints Church, Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2UL
  • Brookside Methodist Church, 40 Gunthorpe Road, Peterborough, PE4 7TG
  • St Mary Magdalene Church, Stilton, PE7 3RF
  • Christ the Carpenter, 93A Chestnut Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 4PE
  • St Marys Church, 1 New Road, Peterborough, PE1 1TT
  • Wellspring Community church, The Alpha Centre, Adderley, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8RA
  • Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS
  • The LightHouse Centre, Werrington Parish Village Centre, Church Street, Peterborough, PE4 6QE
  • Crowland Methodist Church, Reform Street, Crowland, PE6 0AN
  • St Lukes RC Church, 26 Benyon Grove, Peterborough, PE2 5XS


YMCA Time Stop Emergency Accommodation

If you are in need of immediate accommodation then YMCA Peterborough can provide you with a safe place to stay. We provide immediate short term (up to 3 months) relief for 16-25 year olds with a local connection to Peterborough City council authority area.  You can apply directly by calling 01733 891891.

YMCA Time Stop (16-25)

Offers twenty two direct access single rooms for young people at risk of homelessness in Peterborough. If circumstances have forced a young person between 16 and 25 years old into homelessness Time Stop can provide access to immediate accommodation for up to 3 months. The rooms all have comfortable furniture, a sink and fridge freezer and there is shared access to bathrooms, kitchen complete with microwave, kettle, toaster and a communal lounge. Time Stop accepts referrals from any agency and self-referrals by telephone or in person. If you would like further information about Time Stop you can contact the hostel directly on 01733 891891.

YMCA The Cresset

Accommodation consists of 61 self-contained studio flats with ensuite and 28 licensed flats with shared facilities. With on-going support residents are given the life skills to empower and enable them to move onto more independent living within the building. YMCA The Cresset accepts referrals from any agency and self referral by telephone on 01733 269621.

Axiom, The New Haven

The New Haven is a 12-week short stay direct access hostel providing temporary supported accommodation for up to 19 homeless people aged 17 and over.  The project includes one crash bed facility and is located at Towler Street, Peterborough PE1 2TX.  For more information about The New Haven call 01733 554858.

Hope into Action Peterborough

Provide homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches. Self referral. No emergency accommodation. Call 01733 558301 or visit 26 North Street, Peterborough.