St Albans and Welwyn Methodist Circuit

Night Shelter

The Open Door Night Shelter, managed by Hightown Housing Association, offers 12 bed spaces to homeless people in St Albans and additional beds when the weather becomes severe, but last year 19 people were recorded as rough sleeping in the annual rough sleeper estimate conducted by St Albans City Council. This winter to prevent people from dying on the streets in periods of extreme weather The Open Door Charity supported by the City Centre Churches is setting up The Winter Beds Project to provide shelter to rough sleepers not accommodated in The Open Door Night Shelter. 


The Open Door Winter Beds Project will be run by volunteers and are looking for others to help support the running of the Winter Beds Project this winter. Volunteers are needed in the evening, throughout the night and in the morning to perform a variety of roles including welcoming guests, supervising overnight, preparing breakfast, setting up and clearing down, laundry and administration. We are also looking for volunteers to support the Winter Beds Project Manager in coordinating volunteers. The Winter Beds Project will run between January and March 2018, volunteers will be on a rota and only called upon if the weather becomes severe during this time. Volunteers will be provided with full training and supported by a paid project manager and an experienced team of staff from The Open Door Night Shelter.


If you would like the opportunity to save lives this winter then please register your interest by emailing providing your name and contact details and an indication of the role you would be interested in. For more information on the Winter Beds Project and Open Door please visit