The Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter project was established in 2009 by Churches Together Folkestone and other local interests, having witnessed the hardships facing homeless people locally.
It is a “rolling winter shelter” which has 7 participating church halls who each have one day of the week on which they operate as an emergency night shelter. The churches and the days on which the operate are in the “Venues” section at the top of this page. Guests of the shelter are referred in directly at Folkestone Rainbow Centre and via partner agencies in the area who work with homeless people.
For the last nine years, the Folkestone Rainbow Centre, an ecumenical charity that has over 30 years of experience catering for the lonely, the isolated, the socially excluded and the homeless, has overseen the operation of the shelter project.
A steering group meets regularly to help ensure that the shelter is fit for purpose and continues to develop to meet the needs of the homeless and vulnerably housed in Shepway.