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Your rights

The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!



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Hinde Street Methodist Church

19 Thayer Street W1U 2QJ

020 7935 6179

Wednesday: 4:30pm–8pm (not between Christmas and New Year)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2c3Yx63

Wednesday Club offers a safe, warm space to relax; soup, sandwiches and drinks for 10p each; free sandwiches from local cafes after 7pm. Part of the West London Mission.

Food, Food (free)

The Salvation Army (Laurieston Centre)

39 South Portland Street, Glasgow G5 9JL

0141 429 6533


Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Benefits advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Sexual health, Tenancy support

240 Project

116 Bramley Road, London W10 6SU

0207 221 7530

Monday–Wednesday: 11am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1WDl7ne

A small charity helping people mainly who have a history of homelessness, are vulnerable and mostly need support. Known for its friendliness. Offers acupuncture, art, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, computing cooking, drama, felt workshop, group therapy, leather work, mosaics, music, poetry, qi gong and yoga etc. Ring for details or check the timetable (http://www.240project.org.uk/timetable/). Not step-free.

Art classes, Clothing store, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Music/drama

Ace of Clubs

St Alphonsus Rd, Clapham, London SW4 7AS

020 7720 2811

Monday–Friday: 12am–3pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1B0VMJY

Open-access day centre for homeless, vulnerable & isolated people in Clapham. Lunch, tea, coffee, showers, accredited education, bike club etc. Accredited education courses.

Accommodation/housing advice, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Education/training, Food, Medical/health, Outreach worker links

Acton Homeless Concern

Emmaus House, 1 Berrymead Gardens, London W3 8AA

020 8992 5768

Map   Website: bit.ly/1rY49Ay

Call for the times of their wide range of services.

Alcohol workers, Barber, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Dentist, Drugs workers, Food, Foot care


Green Lanes Methodist Church, 132a Green Lanes, London N16 9BN

07946 596805

Sunday: 1:30pm–5:30pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1cgr5Jd

Social drop-in service for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. Hot meal, games, books, ESOL conversation classes and other activities.

Education/training, Food, Leisure activities

Ashford Place Assessment Centre

60 Ashford Road, Cricklewood, London NW2 6TU

020 8208 8590

Friday: 10:30am–5pm
Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/2s9GQLU

Rough sleeping outreach, floating support, health and wellbeing, alcohol and drugs treatment and much more. You are welcome to visit to make an appointment. Winter shelter: for CHAIN verified clients, phone 020 8208 8595. For rough sleepers in Brent, refer to StreetLink (www.streetlink.org.uk)

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Internet access, Laundry, Leisure activities, Medical/health, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

ASLAN (All Souls Local Action Network)

c/o All Souls Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6QG

Saturday: 5:30am–7:45am (tea run: 5.30-6.15 Tavistock St; 6.15-6.45 Savoy Pl; 6.45-7.30 King William IV St; All Souls Ch 7.40-7.45)
Saturday: 9am–12am (day centre at Webber St. Breakfast, bible group, ESOL, photography & art. Showers & clothes for ticket holders. Tickets from Webber St on Mondays)
Saturday: 6:30pm–8:30pm (Entertainment - invites via tea run or welcome desk at All Souls.

Map   Website: bit.ly/K90HTT

Christian organisation that participates in the Westminster Churches Winter Shelter (referral only). Films, coach trips, clothes store and bible group every Saturday night at 6.30pm. Invitations via the tea run or welcome desk at All Souls Langham Place. If you need step-free access, a volunteer will let you in via Cleveland St entrance.

Art classes, Clothing store, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Leisure activities

Be Enriched

URC Rookstone Road, London SW17 9NQ


Monday: 12:30am–2:30pm Crossways Church, 18 Hampton St, SE1 6SN
Tuesday: 7pm–9pm London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga St, SW11 4AG
Friday: 12:30am–2:30pm URC, Rookstone Rd, SW17 9NQ

Map   Website: bit.ly/1MtkjRr

Connecting people through community activities and cultivating respect over a bite. Free or pay-as-you-can community meals three days a week in S London. Volunteering or training opportunities through cooking lessons.

Food, Food (free)

Break the Cycle

Community House, 311 Fore Street, Enfield, London N9 0PZ

020 8373 6307 /07807 789473

Monday–Friday: 9am–3pm (café for clients accessing treatment at 12 Centre Way, Claverings)
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am–0am (peer-support drop-in; Weds 3pm-4pm is women only)
Friday: 2pm–6pm (peer-support drop-in)


A service user forum and an independent support group set up by current and ex-users of Enfield drug treatment services. Complementary therapies, including Indian head massage, reflexology and group meditation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Acupuncture is held on Friday. Phone or email btc@ggcce.org.uk.

Advocacy, Drugs workers, Food

Bromley Winter Night Shelter

c/o Bromley Council Homelessness Service, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, London BR1 3UH

020 8464 4848/07806 602 347

22 November to 14 March
Monday–Sunday: 7:30pm–10am (closed during Crisis, 23-30 Dec)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1DpdYRh

Held in local churches; no self-referral, 18+, mixed, beds for 12, dry, no-smoking inside, priority to local connection. Contact Bromley Housing Options or any agency. Contact Bromley Council Homelessness Team or agency for local connection, and shelter for other spaces.

Accommodation/housing advice, Food

CARIS Islington Churches Cold Weather Shelter


07913 020738

Winter shelter:
1 January to 30 March
Monday–Sunday: 7:30pm–8:30am

Website: bit.ly/1L1wPnp

Free night shelter, food, showers and a safe place to sleep. Phone after completing and emailing a 1-page registration form to iccws@hotmail.co.uk. 15 guests; 18+, dry.

Advocacy, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Clothing store, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Laundry, Outreach worker links

Carpenters Caf

Carpenters Estate Community Hall, 17 Doran Walk (enter from Carpenters Rd), Stratford, London E15 2JL

07932 661 089

Tuesday: 10am–12am (food, drinks, clothes, books, toiletries, showers)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2jSgnhK

Aims "To show the love of Christ in practical ways to the homeless, elderly and anyone needing a helping hand, and to encourage and support the homeless into making better life choices".

Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Clothing store, Drugs workers, Food, Food (free), Step-free

Chelsea Methodist Church Pastoral Care

155a Kings Rd, London SW3 5TX

020 7352 9305

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am–2pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/ywMwR

Lunch is served upstairs but staff or volunteers bring meals downstairs to those with limited mobility.

Clothing store, Food

Churches Foodbank (Newham)


020 8555 9880; 020 8534 1164

Thursday: 1pm–3pm (Woodgrange Baptist Ch, Romford Rd, E7 8AA)
Tuesday: 9am–11am (St Paul & St James, Maryland Rd, Stratford, E15 1JL)

Website: bit.ly/1Q7JojB

All applications for food must be accompanied by a referral from an independent agent (e.g. a doctor, a social worker or support worker, a school or nursery, a Job Centre).

Advocacy, Bathroom/showers, Food, Food (free)

Colchester Emergency Night Shelter

39-41 Alexandra Road, Colchester, Essex, London CO3 3DF

01206 549885; 01206 805324

Monday–Saturday: 7:15pm–9am
Sunday: 12:30am–9am

Website: bit.ly/1upiWoT

Temporary accommodation and support for single homeless people 18 and over. Respite and support with signposting to other agencies, help finding permanent accommodation, benefits and health.

Accommodation/housing advice, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Education/training, Food, Internet access, Laundry, Tenancy support

Community of Sant'Egidio


0753 1597364

Saturday: 4pm–4:30pm (hot drinks & sandwiches at the Carmelite Priory, Pitt Street W8 4JH)
Saturday: 4pm–6pm (last Sat of the month – 3-course meal in the Carmelite Priory, details: https://www.santegidio.org.uk/our-cup-of-tea)

Website: bit.ly/2HPUbQc

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a lay movement wanting to spread the Gospel by building bridges amongst people. We look forward to befriending anyone struggling in London to come for food, hot drinks and good company.

Food, Leisure activities

Croydon Churches Floating Shelter

Various churches, London

07860 270 278

Winter shelter (not during Crisis Christmas):
1 November to 26 March
Monday–Sunday: 7:30pm–8am

Website: bit.ly/2fDQCxW

Local referrals from local agencies via Croydon Reach (020 7870 8855), Croydon SNAP Team (020 8760 5498), Crisis Skylight (020 2848 1700). Phone 8am-4pm to check vacancies. 14 bed spaces.

Accommodation/housing advice, Food

Deptford Reach

Speedwell Street, Deptford, London SE8 4AT

020 8692 6548

Tuesday & Thursday: 9am–2pm
Monday & Wednesday: 9am–3:30pm
Friday: 9am–3:30pm (appointments only)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1pa8vWZ

Drop-in centre for adults over 16 years of age who are vulnerable through homelessness, mental ill-health, loneliness, social exclusion or severe poverty.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Step-free, Tenancy support

Faith in Action (Homelessness Project Merton)

Salvation Army Citadel, 109 Kingston Road, South Wimbledon, London SW19 3JR

07843 280 419

Wednesday & Friday: 10am–3pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1KW4rQ3

Drop-in for rough sleepers, and for people who are vulnerably housed, socially excluded, vulnerable or isolated, and for those with addiction issues. Benefits advice most Wednesdays. Advocacy, alcohol and drug advice. A listening ear, breakfast, lunch, teas and coffees.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Drugs workers, Food, Laundry, Leisure activities, Mental health


Unit 7, Deptford Trading Estate, Blackhorse Road, London SE8 5HY

020 7394 2468

Map   Website: bit.ly/1B8MdIU

Redistributes surplus fresh food to vulnerable people. Works with over 250 local charities, 150 companies and 200 volunteers to improve the health and well being of over 9,500 vulnerable people annually.


Firm Foundation Winter Night Shelter (Harrow ? All People All Places)


07979 836403

1 January to 25 March
Monday–Sunday: 9pm–7:30am
Tuesday–Sunday: 9am–5pm (office hours)

Website: bit.ly/2frDocs

Referrals from agencies ? fdp@firmfoundation.org.uk. Can accept people with NRPF; prority to Harrow connections. Age 18+; mixed; beds for 10 men and 5 women; dry; no smoking.

Food, Food (free)


Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG

020 7729 2775

Wednesday: 1pm–2pm Southwood Smith Centre, N1 0LY
Wednesday: 6:30pm–7:30pm St Paul's Church, NW1 6NJ
Thursday: 12:30am–1:30pm New Kingshold Centre, E9 7LP
Saturday: 1:15pm–2:15pm Lewisham Irish Community Centre, SE6 2AZ
Saturday: 5:30pm–6:30pm All Saints Church Hall, SE15 4QS
Sunday: 1pm–2pm Somers Town Community Centre, NW1 1EE
Sunday: 2pm–3pm (for people living with HIV) The Food Chain, Acorn House, WC1X 8DP

Map   Website: bit.ly/2moLJAt

Hot, free three-course meals for guests. Tupperware and take home food also available.

Food, Food (free)

Glass Door Night Shelters


020 7351 4948

6 November to 8 April
Monday–Sunday: 8pm–7am

Map   Website: bit.ly/2gyrlpH

18+, mixed, dry, 35 bed spaces, self-referral - phone first. Waiting list registration can be over the phone or online (https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/Pages/Category/shelter).

Accommodation/housing advice, Food, Food (free)

GrowTH (Tower Hamlets)


1 November to 1 June
Monday–Sunday: 7pm–7am

Website: bit.ly/1OeU8wn

Referrals (info@thisisgrowth.org) only from Whitechapel Mission, Health E1, Crisis, U-Turn Women's Project, Praxis, Spitalfields Crypt Trust, TH Floating Support and City Gateway. 18+; dry; mixed; 15 spaces.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Food, Food (free)

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