Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter

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Winter Shelter – 1st December 2021 – 28th February 2022

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.

Winter Shelter guests will be offered places at local B&Bs through a referral process managed by Winter Shelter, these referrals can come directly from Rainbow Centre and 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.

For more information please email 


Over the 3 months period of the shelter, volunteers provide the ‘staffing’ hours essential to ensure the shelter runs smoothly. In addition, many people give up their time to cook off-site and deliver food/supplies to the shelter venues.

The roles volunteers undertake include;

  • setting up and cleaning the venue
  • preparing/cooking breakfast and evening meals – either at home or at the venue where possible
  • welcoming and chatting with the guests
  • serving of meals at various venues
  • transporting meals/supplies to venues (Driving)
  • running Rainbow Club activities for guests.

Winter Shelter Volunteering Form 21/22


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