Thanet Winter Shelter, Ramsgate, Kent

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What we do


The Thanet Winter Shelter aims to make a big difference to the lives of people in circumstances beyond their control and who find themselves rough-sleeping homeless.

As a 'popup' or floating shelter using church buildings staffed by project workers and volunteer teams, the Shelter hopes to take the uncertainty and stress out of trying to find overnight accommodation during the coldest nights of the winter. Fifteen to twenty people each evening at venues in Margate and Ramsgate can be accommodated each evening during December, January and February.

Approved Referral Agencies

The Thanet Winter Shelter is a referral only shelter. This means that all guests must be known to and referred by one of the approved referral agencies:

●  Thanet District Council Housing Options Team
●  Porchlight
●  Kent Police
●  Aspire Project

How the shelter works

If you, or someone you know, needs to use the Thanet Winter Shelter please consider that guests must:

●  be rough sleeping or street homeless;
●  be willing to engage other services for support;
●  be 18 years +;
●  not have a pet with them;
●  be able to manage own behaviour;
●  be no risk to others; and
●  known to one of the Thanet Winter Shelter Referral Agencies

Priority will be given to those who can evidence an established connection to Thanet. Vulnerability will be taken into consideration during assessment for allocation of bed space on the day.

Please direct those who need to use the Thanet Winter Shelter to one of the referral agencies.

Self-referrals or referrals from other than the approved referral agencies will not be considered.


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