The 999 Club Night Shelter is open for different seasons during the year. Each season lasts ten weeks.
It will open for its next season in January 2018. We will confirm the exact date nearer the time.
To stay in the 999 Club Shelter you need come into the Gateway and discusses your situation with a member of staff. You might also be referred by someone who works for a partner organisation.
If you come to stay in the Night Shelter, you will need to work hard with the 999 Club team to find solutions to your homelessness. The Night Shelter is for people who are ready to make a move away from the streets, and will work intensively with us to make that happen. We know our Night Shelter isn’t right for everyone.
To get a place in the Night Shelter you will need:
- To have lived in Lewisham for 6 of the last 12 months or 3 of the last 5 years.
This is called a local connection
- To be claiming benefits or be eligible to claim benefits
You will be assigned a case manager from the 999 Club and will work with them closely to try and make sure your next step is into long term accommodation, not back to the streets. This might include applying for identification documents, attending viewings for properties, making healthcare appointments and seeking help for substance-related issues.
We offer Learning & Activities and Employability Support at the 999 Club, and most Night Shelter guests will take part in these sessions on most days they are here.
There are rules about staying in the Night Shelter and we will ask you to sign up to them.
Three important rules are:
- No-one can use drugs or alcohol at the Night Shelter. If you are unable to get through the night without using drugs or alcohol, you will not be offered a place
- You will come into the Night Shelter at 20.00 in the evening and stay all night until 08.00 the next morning. If you decide to leave during the night, you will not be able to return
- It is important that you tell us if you are unable to take up your Night Shelter place on any given night. This is because spaces are limited and your place with be offered to someone else if you do not take it.
Every night everyone in the shelter gets an evening meal and every morning breakfast is provided.
Every place in the Night Shelter is reviewed after 28 days to make sure it is working as hard as possible to get someone off the streets.
Make a donation to support our shelter
Each bed we provide costs £15 per person per night, and we need goods such as toiletries, towels and tea to run our Night Shelter. Please support our work by making a financial donation.
Why Richard called us to say “Thank you”
During the 2014/15 night shelter season we received a telephone call from Richard. He asked after a former Night Shelter worker because he wanted to say thank you. He went on to say he had been a guest several years ago and was grateful for our support. Not only had we saved his life by giving him an alternative to sleeping rough in freezing conditions – but we had also helped him on the path to a fulfilling life. He let us know that he was now living in Newcastle, with a young daughter, was engaged to be married and was clean of his addictions.
What to do if you know someone who is sleeping rough
If you know someone who is sleeping rough you can alert them to London Street Rescue
or by calling
0300 500 0914
and help them connect to the local services and support available to them.
2017 Night Shelter:
Opened for two ten week seasons and helped 25 people find a place to live.