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 local partner agencies that work with homeless people.
For the last ten years, the Folkestone Rainbow Centre 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 Folkestone and Hythe.