Mission of the month

Bromley Homeless Shelter

The Bromley Homeless Shelter is a project run by Bromley churches to help homeless people, in particular those who have a connection to Bromley Borough.  The shelter is supported by a number of local churches, businesses and many local residents.

Every Thursday the United Reformed Church in Widmore Road, Bromley hosts a welfare advice session, advising on benefits and homelessness.

During the coldest and most difficult time of the year (November to March), a night shelter is operated for homeless people in central Bromley (at Bromley Parish church).  In the evenings a meal is shared following which the guests sleep overnight in a warm, safe hall, and in the morning are served a hot or cold breakfast.  During the mornings, opportunities are created for guests to access other support and advice services.  Guests who find accommodation are offered Starter Packs which provide them with basic household items such as a duvet, bed linen, crockery, toiletries and kitchen items. 

Donations are always needed.  It is hoped that an additional shelter scheme will be set up this winter in the north-west of the borough.

The night shelter scheme relies on many volunteers: those who cook, serve the food, wash up, stay overnight with the guests, and serve breakfast.  The winter season is organised on a rota system, and volunteers are always welcome.

More details about the work of the shelter, list of items required for the starter packs, and a short film of a typical winter night at the shelter can be found on www.bromleyshelter.weebly.com, or see the display at the back of church in November.