The Winter Shelter

GCM first began running the City's Winter Shelter in December 2018. Until 2020 it operated out of the George Whitefield Centre and was a communal style emergency shelter with meals, showers and laundry facilities.

For the Winter 20-21 we were unable to open due to the Covid restrictions in place

In April 2021 we put in an offer on a large 26 room building to use as the shelter but also to turn into our offices and an education and training centre. Negotiations continued until the end of November when we signed a 10 year lease and had a week and a half to set up the shelter whilst building renovations continued around us.

The shelter reopened on December 1st with 12 beds in a mix of single, twin and triple bed rooms. Guests can once again come for meals, showers, clothing, laundry, warmth, tv, snacks, prayer if they wish and signposting to other support.

It opens to guests at 8.30pm and shuts each morning at 7.30am. 

Guests should be referred through the council, P3, the NHS or the police although they can also self refer. For information about referrals please email

How to find the shelter;

Pedestrian access is off Eastgate Street.

To access the car park turn in to Wellington Street, then turn right into Hampden Way. The entrance driveway  is just before the taxi car park