The Night Shelter

Our Stores List of items that we need is now available to download – please click here

Sleepout 2017 – for event details and to find out how to join our team – please click here

Clothes donations – we welcome donations of (new) boxer shorts (s/m) and socks, jeans and t shirts.  We also need blankets and bath towels. We do not require womens’ clothes. We can accept donations from 8pm onwards on the nights we operate (not Sunday or Thursday).

If you are aware of a person that is rough sleeping, please contact Streetlink by clicking on the link below.  A member of their team will make contact with the individual with a view to helping them into emergency short stay accommodation.

Tell us about a rough sleeper
http://www.streetlink.org.uk/tell-us-about-a-rough-sleeper
or call 0300 500 0914

The Julian Trust Night Shelter, also known as the Bristol Night Shelter, is located in premises in Little Bishop Street, on the edge of St Pauls in Bristol. Click here for map.

The premises were converted from a warehouse to fulfill the specific purpose of a Night Shelter; the money being raised by public donation. Click here for History.

In the Night Shelter the facilities for guests comprise a large dormitory with eighteen emergency beds, a dining area, bathrooms with toilet and shower facilities. There is also a kitchen, stores, laundry and offices. There are separate facilities for volunteers that include a lounge, bedroom, toilet and shower facilities.

The Night Shelter is open five nights every week throughout the year where a warm welcome and a hot meal awaits homeless people and rough sleepers. On most nights it is used by between 80 to 100 guests who are served dinner between 9.30pm and 10.30pm.  Overnight guests only are served breakfast at 6.30am before the shelter closes at 7.30am.  When requested by overnight guests,we provide a laundry service and try to provide clean alternative clothes where needed (depending on donations); other services available include a regular weekly visit from St John Ambulance and St Mungos Outreach workers.

This site aims to provide visitors with an insight into the Trust which is wholly staffed, managed and financed by volunteers and voluntary donations of food and funds.  Julian Trust Nightshelter currently costs around £1,500 per week to run (2013), which at £16 per bed space per night, represents good value for money.

As well as emergency accomodation and meals, the Night Shelter provides information about other homeless agencies in Bristol.  Additional services are sometimes provided at the Night Shelter by external agencies, such as health screening; flu vaccinations and chiropody.

During the Christmas period, the Night Shelter is taken over by Caring at Christmas. It opens the Christmas Shelter for 24 hours a day for seven to 10 days. During this time, seasonal food and entertainment are provided. Special permission is granted by Bristol City Council for approximately fifty guests to stay overnight.