Winter Night Refuge
Emergency Winter Refuge
The winter night refuge is an emergency provision that opens any night the temperature is forecast to "feel like" zero degrees or below. It will run this year from January to the end of March.
Anyone who is rough sleeping is welcome to come to the Emmaus Church in Chatham and get a warm bed for the night.... alerts will be sent out via statutory services and voluntary groups to ensure no-one sleeps out in the coldest weather.
We suspended this service in early 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the three winters previous to this, we had provided nearly 3000 beds to rough sleepers.