Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter

About us

The Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter project was established in 2009 by Churches Together Folkestone and other local interests, having witnessed the hardships facing homeless people locally. For the last ten years, the Folkestone Rainbow Centre has overseen the operation of the shelter project.

It is a “rolling winter shelter” which has variety of participating church halls, offering their space every day of the week during the winter months. Guests of the shelter are referred in directly at Folkestone Rainbow Centre and via local partner agencies that work with homeless people.

Our steering group meets regularly to help ensure that the shelter is fit for purpose and continues to develop to meet the needs of the homeless and vulnerably housed in the Folkestone and Hythe District.

Please see our 2018/19 Winter Shelter report


Please Note: we have now closed new volunteer applications for this year

Over the 3 months course of the shelter, volunteers provide the ‘staffing’ hours essential to ensure the shelter runs its course. In addition many people give up their time in cooking off site and delivering food to the shelter venues.

The roles volunteers undertake include setting up the venue, helping with the cooking at the church, engaging and chatting with the guests in the evening, staying overnight and clearing up the next morning. There is also a Volunteer Driver role and a Day Centre Volunteer role.


For any queries concerning volunteering or to request an application form, please contact us on


If you would like your donation to go specifically to the Winter Shelter you can do so through the Donate button below.


Alternatively you can donate by Cash or cheque (payable to “Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter”).  This can be dropped-in or posted to:

Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter
Folkestone Rainbow Centre
69 Sandgate Road
CT20 2AF

Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter
“I feel healthier and more comfortable around people. I would not be where I am now without the help I’ve been given. Truly thankful.”
Shelter Guest
“It was important to use my time, opportunity and ability to support others”Shelter Volunteer