We aim to relieve poverty, distress and homelessness and help homeless people rebuild their lives.
WNSMK provides supervised overnight accommodation and meals to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping in Milton Keynes during the coldest months of the year (November–March). We work in partnership with many churches and community centres across the city who provide their facilities as an overnight venue.
In addition to essential shelter our staﬀ and trained volunteers provide welfare support. We enable our guests to access drug and alcohol support services, to obtain housing advice, move on to longer-term accommodation and to ﬁnd work.
We have 11 members of staff, mostly part-time, and mobilise an army of around 800 volunteers for our operations each season.
People arrive at the Winter Night Shelter for many reasons. They can be old or young, men and women. Some are long-term homeless, but many are the victims of circumstance. They may have deteriorating domestic issues; they may have lost jobs and no longer be able to pay for accommodation. Illness, disability, mental health struggles, language barriers and lost or stolen identity documents can all play a part in someone ending up on the street. We help all those in need regardless of whether or not they have recourse to assistance from public funds.